This morning I experienced something in worship that nearly made me start crying. As a missionary, there are moments that make everything worth it.
As the pianist in our worship band, I have the unique opportunity to not only help lead people into worship in music, but also witness how the congregation is worshiping. This morning as I looked out onto the crowd, my heart melted when I saw two of our contacts singing their hearts out with hands reaching toward heaven.
It would still be special, but it probably wouldn’t have meant so much to me if I didn’t know them as well as I do. They accepted Christ just a few weeks ago, and through the various struggles they have and the things they have gone through, they came to God’s house today and found what they needed. I literally watched as they drank from the well of living water. My heart is filled with joy as I hear someone for whom I have been praying say, “God is changing my life.” I know that the journey to total redemption and healing is still not over for them, but I have to praise God for that moment. I thank Him for doing the work that I cannot do.
In fact, we are seeing stories like this all the time, yet I feel the day is drawing near when God will pour out His Spirit on our church and it will be out of control.
John 4:23 says, “But the time is coming-indeed it’s here now-when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship Him that way.”
I am looking forward to the day when this will be said of our church: “‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants – men and women alike – and they will prophesy.'” (Acts 2:17-18)
I am looking forward to the day when this will be said of our church: “All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity – all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:42-47)
I am looking forward to the day when this will be said of our church: “Crowds came from the villages around Jerusalem (Ambato), bringing their sick and those possessed by evil spirits, and they were healed.”
I want our church to be a place that is full of the Spirit. I want it to be a refuge for those who are struggling, a place of hope for those who are desperate, a place of healing for those who are sick or tormented, a family for those who have none, and a place where needs of any kind are met. I want it to be a place where people can leave behind the past and begin a new story with God. I want it to be a place of redemption. I want it to be a place where everyone finds their calling and lives it out intentionally and powerfully. I want it to be a place where everyone has a place. I want it to be a light to the nations. You see, true worship is so much more than a song. Sometimes it begins there, but true worship is holistic. True worship is all-consuming. True worship is transformational. True worship is total surrender. True worship is coming to Christ and finding so much more than we were looking for.
I think we need to ask ourselves: are we content with a little bit of God? I don’t know about you, but I really want the Kingdom.