I just came back from our church’s Annual Budget Meeting. One of the items on the agenda was to discuss our church’s need for a worship pastor. As the chairman of our worship committee I’m keenly aware of the holes left behind when we decided not to hire a replacement pastor but to manage the ministry solely with volunteers.
I had 15 minutes and a 16 page powerpoint presentation. It outlined our philosophy of worship, our core values and the key elements of corporate worship. Then I discussed the questions and challenges posed by executing the disciplines we long to see present in the life of worship at our church. Questions about appropriate ways of recruiting and training authentic worshippers to become grace-filled worship leaders. How to incorporate people of different ages and stages of the faith journey into our worship elements with sensitivity. It prompted some good discussion. Then we moved on to the budget and eventually we all headed home.
When I had taken off my coat and jacket I went upstairs to make sure my eight-year-old was asleep. As I cuddled her warmth and stroked her head I had a sudden thought: raising my children to follow God with their whole hearts is my spiritual act of worship.
Raising my children to follow God with their whole hearts is my spiritual act of worship. Deuteronomy 6:4-8 “Listen, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
When I get to heaven, Jesus may or may not ask me about how I led worship in my church. He probably will. But I know for sure He will first ask me about how well I taught my children to worship Him.