How do you approach worship and fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ?  

Acts 2:46-47 – 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

Christian worship and the Christian life in general in our Western culture has become distorted and selfish.  The union with fellow believers that Christ died to bring about has taken a back seat to the comforts, likes, and dislikes of individual believers.  Today we don’t joyfully look forward to worshiping together as much as we focus on what the message did for me or didn’t do for me.  We fight and bicker over worship styles, what people are wearing and what color the carpet is in the worship center (we even fight over calling it the worship center).

This is not how our time together should be spent.  Christ purposefully united us under His Lordship to love and serve each other.  We should consider each other’s needs and desires more important than our own.  Our times of meeting together on Sunday, during Small Group, or any other times of fellowship should be preceded by hopeful excitement of worshiping with our brothers and sisters in Christ.  We should feed that anticipation by prayer and intentional consideration of how we can stir each other up to love and good works.

As you prepare to worship our God with your brothers and sisters in Christ, consider what is going on in your own heart.  Are you focused on you?  Are you anticipating the time together or dreading it?  Prayerfully beg God to change your heart as you approach worship and fellowship and ask Him to build the anticipation in you to worship together with glad and generous hearts.