I think it is beautiful when we can come together in His name as a body. When we worship with many people, and especially when we feel the Spirit among us. But something that is meant to be encouraging and special can easily become an idol.
It can become deceiving. Hear me out.
It is REALLY easy to get caught up in emotions. And emotions…fade. Yet, we live our lives based often on what we feel.
I took a class on Social Psychology when I was in college. There is a term called “emotional transference.” To best explain it, think of a high-intensity action movie. The handsome man and the pretty woman have come out alive and within the day they spent together dodging bullets and secret agents, they now are in love with each other.
The truth is, they both experienced high emotions because of the situation they were in. These high emotions get confused for feelings of love. (Be aware, this is how someone can manipulate you with emotions.)
Many (not all) churches try to draw people in with entertainment. People have fun. People have experiences and they think this is what it means to have a relationship with God.
A relationship based on happiness and connection.
Then they go home in silence and are confused. Why is God not answering, like He appeared to answer in the church service? Where is that same connection? The connection people feel is the connection with the community, and that gets confused a lot of the time in the church. Not saying we can’t feel God among the congregation, we absolutely can! But this does need to be acknowledged.
I’ve shared before how there have been times I felt disconnected to God purely because of feeling like He wasn’t responding to me.
I’ve said before, “God remains God. He does not change. Therefore, if there is a disconnect, something is going on with us.”
It’s easy to rely on good feelings and confuse that for being connected to Christ. Then when we feel bad, He “feels” distant.
We don’t feel the worship while everyone else around us does. Clearly, we must have an issue. Which, we very well might because true worship comes in many ways. It is not only when we are surrounded by many voices that sing and cry out to God.
It can be one voice, ours, in the presence of the Lord, in darkness, in silence, with music, or with words. In a quiet room with no one else present.
(NIV) Matthew 6:06, “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
Are we making time to worship Him in secret (when no one else knows)? Are we having moments of worship, praise, and acknowledgment of Him outside of a building’s walls where a congregation gathers?
It is crucial we have more moments with Christ alone than being surrounded by others. The congregation, the body of Christ is important to be around. But we MUST put HIM FIRST in our daily life! We cannot stick our time with Christ only when we are with others.
Can we only worship the Lord when we are surrounded?
I fear when we feel we can only experience the Lord a particular way that is because we have made that routine, method, or experience an idol. Or we have placed this experience as a high priority which could easily become an idol and we won’t know it.
All I really want is for us to be aware and to think about what we do in relation to Christ. Are we worshipping Him to give Him glory or are we worshipping Him because of the feelings and the experience (flesh)?
This isn’t to say we can’t have wonderful moments from these experiences, but I hope we aren’t seeking a “high” so to speak based on pure emotion.
Have you ever got caught up in worship and realized you weren’t focused on Christ?
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