Thursday, May 11th, 2017 at 2:00 am

Day Four: Have Your Way

Colossians 3:15-17 (MSG) - “Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ-the Message-have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives-words, actions, whatever-be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.”

One important distinction between public worship and private worship is the place of our initiative. Corporate worship reminds us that our faith is fundamentally reception, not our own initiation. In private devotions, we lead ourselves in some sense. In corporate worship, we’re made to receive the leading of others. In private worship, we’re in the driver’s seat. We decide what passage to read, when to pray, what to pray, how long to linger in Bible reading and meditation, what songs to listen to or sing, what gospel truths to preach to ourselves, and what applications to consider. But in corporate worship, we respond. Others preach and pray and select the songs and choose how long to linger in each element. We’re positioned to receive. It is a wonderful thing in our personal devotions to make such choices, but it is also good for us to practice engaging with God when someone other than ourselves is making the calls. Corporate worship demands that we discipline ourselves to respond, and not only pursue God on our own terms. It is an opportunity to embrace being led, and not always taking the lead (David Mathis, “Five Benefits of Corporate Worship”).

The language in the passage along with the article directs our attention to see the cooperation of all who are coming together to both lead and follow, being in tune and in step with one another. Most importantly, we want to be in step with the Holy Spirit’s leading, responding to all that God has purposed in our times of worship together.

As we worship today with the song “Hands to the Heavens” let the verse “have your way, have your way” be our prayer for how God would move in our times of corporate worship.


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