I was flipping through the channels and heard this phrase “Emotional Reaction vs. Spiritual Depth” from a tv preacher. From where I picked up in his message, I gathered he was referring to the church services where people get emotionally carried away and walk away without hearing one word! We produce these services with hype and emotion and push people to “manifest” in all kinds of ways,( I’m being humorous) then they leave and haven’t changed.
The issue I take with this is, you can find some of the same people who are bucking and running and falling out emotionally in the church, the next week cussing out, flipping off, or ranting about something based on emotion. This I have witnessed many times over. Let them get a negative report from a doctor and watch them fall apart. No real spiritual depth.
Real depth will give you that Job mentality, “Though they slay me yet will I hope in Him”. You have got to have roots strong enough to survive storms and dry times.
I used to be shallow, if fact most of my christian life has been based on emotion. Whether or not “we felt something” was determined mainly on what we saw, or we judged the anointing based on what we saw. The past three years I have been deeper in the word than I’ve ever been and it has changed me and made me secure. Knowing your secure in God will change your worship!
It takes discipline to not get emotional. The past year I have been involved in many different environments of worship that have been extremely opposite of where I have spent most of my Sundays. There was this one Sunday service that I remember feeling like I could burst out of my skin! We were in a worship set, in what I call a pretty reserved church. All the people were connected, it was one of the most beautiful times I have ever seen of people in the presence of God. It was so real and not conjured up and there was this immense feeling of God’s glory. It was hard to contain all the emotion I was feeling. I remember wanting to display my worship in a greater way. (I really don’t know how I would’ve done that, ultimately I’m pretty reserved in comparison to some, but I had the urge!) Then, I distinctly remember God speaking to me. He told me He saw my heart filled with worship. Your heart will tell God a lot more than your dance.
That’s all it took for me. That became a turning point for me. I thought about the times I had been a cheerleader worship leader yelling at people to get up and display worship. We can hype people up to dance but are they “just dancing”? God is looking at our heart. We the people judge worship based on what we see people doing. I think that’s called works.
I have found freedom in another place I was bound.
The worship I now have is out of a pure love and its balanced.
ps. Put the hatorade down, Im not knocking flamboyant worship! I want it all! I just want people including myself, to have pure motives. I want our hearts, not noise, to be on display. By noise I mean the clanging symbols that 1 Corinthians talks about.