Why Your Worship Doesn’t Measure Up

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successThe worship in some of our churches will never measure up because of what we are trying every Sunday to measure up to. To measure up means to be as good as, to have the same qualifications as, to reach a certain standard as, to be of high enough quality for or to compare with something or someone else.

Instead of keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, we often focus on how we compare to other worship ministries we consider successful. So we imitate their worship habits, methods, styles, song selections and even attire in an effort to measure up to a perceived standard of success.

Most of our attempts to replicate, however, forget that every church should be developing distinctly and becoming uniquely the congregation God has called them to be where they are and with what they have.

Trying to measure up to the worship of another congregation every week can be like running on a treadmill. As long as we keep our eyes focused ahead we can log miles safely. But when we look to the left or right, our feet usually follow our eyes and cause us to fall.

Comparing ourselves to others means we are trying to measure up to a standard God has called them to, not the one He has called us to. And He obviously sees the value of our calling even when we don’t. So keeping our eyes on Jesus instead of others means we lead worship with contentment, not comparison. It’s a discipline that is not always easy but it produces a harvest of righteousness when we are trained by it (Heb 12:11).

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2 Responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Boe Parrish on 11.09.17 at 9:33 am

    Good word about not using comparison in our church worship!! However, if church worship is the only worship we engage in during our week, we’ve completely missed out on true worship. Many of us attend worship once a week, and say we worship God. My challenge is for us all to worship him daily through his glory which resides all around us every day! I worship him as I observe the fog lifting off the pond in the early morning hours, in a breathtaking sunrise or sunset, or sense his praises being sung by the choirs of birds as I sit in my backyard. Let’s not limit our model of praise and worship, to only Sunday services. (Not that you did) Worship is so much more than singing songs together…we must adore him all throughout our day and into the evening and moment by moment! Thank you for your post!

  2. Posted by David Manner on 11.09.17 at 9:33 am

    Agree completely, Boe. Gathered worship is incomplete until it also includes scattered worship. We’re wasting worship resources by preparing for one hour on Sunday while neglecting the other 167 hours of the week. Thanks for the helpful comments.

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