This past weekend, I was at Districts Youth Conference in Wisconsin. The main speaker was Pastor Chris Brown of North Coast Church in California. On the second night of the conference, his message had me thinking about this phrase, “Beyond the Building."
Pastor Chris said, “Greatness is how well you can serve others. Jesus redefined Greatness.” If you want to be great, you must be a servant.
In our church buildings/homes/meetings, we worship the very Greatest of all. Jesus’ name is the one we lift high above every name – our King of kings, our Lord of lords!
And yet, when Jesus walked the earth, He served man. He flipped “status” around.
Mark 10:42-45 “And Jesus called them to him and said to them, ‘You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’”
If I Am Your Lord…
John 13:12-16 “When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, ‘Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and your Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.’”
Do not miss that last line in the passage above: “…A servant is not greater than his master…” The One we worship is Jesus – Who served the world in humility and love. Jesus is our example of a servant, so we are to follow His example by loving and serving people.
Following His Example
I don’t think we can separate service from worship; the more we worship Jesus the more we will be transformed to look like Him. Pastor Chris said that when we serve we will be closest to Jesus than ever because this is the pattern He left for us.
Within our church buildings, we gather together to sing and play music to the glory of God. These are some of my very favorite times…Getting to sing alongside my brothers and sisters in Christ, expressing my heart and adoration to our God. There is joy and reverence in those moments, and God’s Presence is the exact place I want to be.
But…what happens when we leave? We sing and praise Jesus for Who He is, yes, but we also imitate His characteristics and actions that we sing about. The times of worship we have together should fuel us into service when we are no longer there. I want to be just as close to Jesus outside the building walls, as when I am inside to worship.
Challenge to Worship Beyond
If we want any life application that stems from our times of worship, we should serve. More than empty words in a song…We will be living it! Our worship will be active. Will you surrender this short lifetime you’ve been given to serve?
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