Sunday’s sermon was about the one thing that we, the church, are supposed to do. More fundamental than anything else we give God glory. This impacts how view our life scattered throughout the week in the workplace, at the arena coaching, and in our homes interacting with our children. It should dramatically impact our gatherings together on Sundays. Whether gathered or scattered to give God glory will necessitate an awareness on our part that glory is what God already possesses. He is glorious. There is no greater evidence of God’s glory than the grace he gives to us through Jesus Christ.
Being present in our awareness is not always that easy. We are easily distracted. So that is why I am challenging myself and all other pastors to give those who gather along with us on Sunday mornings a reason to give God glory. Many of us grow frustrated that those that stream into the auditorium on Sunday morning are not ready to fully engage in worship and give God glory. We wish parents of young children who have just experienced organized chaos in their home twenty minutes earlier and a sleepless previous eight hours were ready to shine the spotlight on God and express passion for God. We wish the doctor on call sitting fifteen rows back could get his mind off the patient he just left in the hospital and focus his attention on God. We hope that our co-workers can stop long enough on Sunday morning to think about God and not the person who needs something from them. We long for the Sunday when the sense of anticipation is “off the charts”.
It is incumbent on us that we orient one another to God’s glory so that all can respond and give Him glory. No more wimpy worship! Let us give those that gather a reason to respond right from the very beginning of our time together. Let us give them a glimpse of God in all of His glory. Let us give them something grander than our instruments or oratory skills. Let us show them the God of the Scriptures full of grace and truth. Let us not assume they will piece it all together. Let us boldly proclaim the greatness of God. Let us shine the spotlight on Him first and watch the hearts of others follow.