Fan the Flame – Reece’s Pieces 1-7-2022

As we begin a new year, allow me to “reframe” what a healthy approach to worship looks like for us as followers of Christ.  Our approach (mindset) affects the potential transformative power of our worship. We must remember that God instigates our worship.  He approaches us.  He desires to speak to our hearts and minds (and He isn’t confined to Sundays).   However, for this article, the “worship” I am referring to is mainly the Sunday service – all the songs, prayers, scriptures, responsive readings, messages in song, the pastor’s message, offering, mystery box, and even the announcements which include opportunities for service and discipleship. We must approach these times of worship with open hearts and listening ears as we tune in to the indwelling Holy Spirit who convicts, guides, confirms, leads and inspires us individually and collectively.  Our sacrifices need to be sacrifices of praise to God with hearts that are totally surrendered to His will. 

Here are three worship principles to remember:

  • Worship is our response to God’s revelation of who He is and what He has done.
  • Authentic worship is a genuine expression of praise, adoration, celebration, and thanksgiving to God in response to who He is and what He has done in our lives.
  • Worship is an appropriate response to the greatness of God.

A friend and colleague of mine, David Manner, executive director of the Kansas/Nebraska Baptist Convention, has a great quote about singing in worship: “We aren’t singing worship songs to start a fire from scratch each Sunday; we’re singing them to fan into flame the spark that is already in us.”  In other words, living for Jesus and learning to be more Christ-like throughout the week actually fuels our worship on Sundays.  When we’ve been thinking about Jesus, reading the Word, praying, and serving others, then when we get together with our church family, our joy will be evident and our praise will flow as we sing, “Hallelujah! Thine the glory!  Revive us again.”