I saw a headline the other day on a satirical website. It read “Power of God waits in foyer until chorus of ‘Holy Spirit’”. The article went on to talk about how the worship leader of this particular church didn’t realise that you had to actually welcome Holy Spirit before he would come in and interact with us.
All a bit tongue in cheek I know – but it got me thinking.
Our experience may not be that far from the headline. How often do we go to church, and find it is around song number three before we begin to “feel it”. We need a couple of good rousing tunes to get us into the mood, then we “welcome Holy Spirit”, and then He can get on with changing us.
The truth is Holy Spirit is already there. If you are a Christian, you already have Holy Spirit living inside – and you were designed to leak.
What many of us fail to realise, often because we have been brought up in church, and know the ‘lingo’ is that worship doesn’t start when the music starts.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. – Romans 12:1
I understand that there are pressures and difficulties in life – but I’ve found that actively doing this each day really does make a difference.
And I am convinced that if we arrive at church tomorrow, already worshipping the God of the universe, then we won’t have to wait until song three for something amazing to happen.