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Posted on Feb 15, 2012 in Devotional Thoughts, Worship

What’s missing from our Worship?

What’s the one thing that’s missing from our Worship Services? If you had to guess, what would it be? I’m sure there are things that come to your mind as soon as I ask that question. However, I’m guessing most of you are wrong. (At least for my purposes in this post.)

When I think about our worship services, the biggest missing piece is the people who aren’t there yet. We can be doing everything “right” but still be missing the mark by a mile because we’re missing people.

I know you’re probably very familiar with these verses, but I wanted to share them with you again.

The first is Matthew 28:18-20:

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

The second is Acts 1:8:

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

When I read those scriptures, I’m reminded that the call to share the gospel is not just something for the super-spiritual among us. Sharing the Gospel is something that we are all to do. The great thing about it is that we don’t have to do this on our own. We will receive power from the Holy Spirit to assist us in this.

This is one of the reasons I got into ministry. I want to see lost people come to Christ. I don’t want to attract Christians from other churches and live in a continual sheep-swap. I want to see the lost enter a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. Don’t get me wrong, I love our body. But the thing about the body is that we’re all already going to Heaven to spend an eternity with Jesus. There are people who will miss out on that.

The scary thing is that there are people whom we know who will miss out on Heaven. Can you bear the thought? People you know and have a relationship with won’t be in Heaven for all of eternity. I know there are reasons why it’s difficult to share with them. We don’t want to risk losing them, we don’t want to scare them off. But, what if we never ask? Or worse, what if they’re waiting for us to ask? What if they’re too afraid to bring it up, and they’re just hoping that you’ll ask them a question that will lead them there?

We should all be developing relationships with the lost and unsaved, every single one of us. We should be investing in those relationships, with a genuine love and care for that person. We should be showing them the unconditional love of Jesus Christ. But we should also be investing in them for the purpose of inviting them to the Savior.

I know that’s hard to do, but there is an easier solution. Invite them to church! Easter is coming and that’s a perfect opportunity to invite someone to church! Did you know that 82% of people who get invited to an Easter service will say yes? 82%!!! That’s a pretty good number. Sure, some will say no, but not the majority & not by a long shot. Invite them to an Easter service and let them hear about our Savior who conquered the grave. Let them hear about the grace the He poured out for them, that without even know Him he sacrificed himself on a cross for them so that they would never die, but have eternal life.

That’s what’s missing from our worship services. It’s not an element or a style or a song. Not an instrument, voice or video. What’s missing is the people who aren’t here yet. God wants every single one of us to be living out the great commission. Every single one of us. Young and old. Those who have been Christians for a day, for a decade and longer. It’s easy for us to surround ourselves with people who think and believe the same way we do – to the point that all the people in our circle are Christians. Let’s try to invest in a relationship with at least one non-Christian and invite them to a worship service.

Can you imagine what that would look like if just all of us involved in worship invited one non-Christian to an Easter service? That would mean that around 100 non-Christians would be here. Wouldn’t that be amazing! Wouldn’t it be more amazing of some of them accepted Christ and we got to watch them experience this relationship brand new and first hand!!!

Let’s do it! Let’s not just wait for someone else to do our job, let’s get out there and do it ourselves. I believe we can make an eternal impact on this body and on the lives of those who need to hear it the most. Let’s do it and let’s do it together as one team!!! Will you join me?