Worship in the wilderness of our world is hard.
This past weekend, I led singing for a baptism service. It was for a man named Troy. Troy wanted to make a profession of faith about his love for Jesus, above all else. He also wanted to tell his kids that God is a better Father than he will ever be. “So when I’m gone,” Troy said, “remember this day.”
Troy has an in-operable cancer in his esophagus and doesn’t know how much time he has. And what time he does have left, he wants to live for Christ.
Yes. Worship in the wilderness of our world is hard.
Worship isn’t just what we do on the weekend when we sing and listen to a sermon. Remember when I wrote that our whole lives should be worship to the Lord? Here is the reality of worship in the wilderness: our lives DO reveal our worship, but many times it’s the worship of idols. As the singer/songwriter, Bob Dylan, wrote,
“It may be the devil, or it may be the Lord, but you’re gonna have to serve somebody…”
We serve our work…grasping for status and money.
We serve the idea of “love”…with someone who “completes me”.
We serve our kids…hoping they prove our parenthood.
And while those things are good gifts from God, they make terrible idols. They promise the world and give you nothing in return.
So this Advent season, I’m following the example of Troy. I want to serve God now. I want to worship God now, instead of idols, in the wilderness of our world.
So I am listening for another song. It’s the song of God that he sings over his children. It’s a song I long to sing…a song I’m waiting to sing…
…but that’s for next week.