I recently came across a blog called Our Response. There’s a post there titled “Worship is Not a Song” by Shaun Groves. I would encourage you to go there now and listen.
I shared this with the band in our devos last week, and I think it is something that we are trying to wrap our minds around as a band. You see, when we truly enter His presence, we are changed by Him. Period. The end. You cannot see God and not be completely transformed! With all of the cool instrumentation, lights, and media that we have grown accustomed to in church, it’s easy to get caught up in the stuff. It’s easy to feel that we’ve had an experience with God but actually not have had one. Ouch! I think the true measure of our experience with God is the fruit in which we produce Monday-Saturday.
Galatians 5:22-26: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
Is this the fruit we are displaying? How did we show love to our community, to our neighbors, to our enemies?
We want more than just an emotional stirring on Sundays. I’m not saying that an emotional stirring is bad, but we want something that penetrates to the core of our being. We desperately need His Spirit to move us, to change us, to transform us, to make us more like Him. Our prayer as a band is that we would essentially be invisible; that our church would see Him, feel His Spirit, and ultimately be closer to Him. Anything less than this would be considered failure.
I will leave you with the motto we have as a band:
Success or failure is ONLY measured by whether or not He is here. Jesus, fill this place! (It’s on my marker board in my office).