Turn it up
Last week we started to challenge ourselves to ‘turn it up’; in other words, to raise our expectations and faith levels as we come together and when we ‘shine the light’ in our individual lives.
One of the major challenges was to focus on fruitfulness and ‘have nothing to do with the ‘fruitless deeds of darkness’ (Ephesians 5:11). In essence, if the powers of darkness could keep the church fruitless, then we would find ourselves confined to a famine of spiritual and numerical growth.
Thankfully we choose to focus on Jesus Christ, our all-powerful saviour, who is still building his church! His promise was that ‘the gates of Hades will not overcome it’ (Matthew 16:18).
As we go a little deeper today and look at ‘turning up’ our call to be increasingly fruitful, we will spend some time focusing on worship. What does it really mean? Why is it so important? What are the implications for a church that prioritises worship? What are the challenges for you and me?
Part of the nature of worship is to go deeper in our pursuance and understanding of God; not something we can do merely by being present. King David declared, ‘My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”’ He followed it up by stating, ‘Your face, Lord, I will seek.” (See Psalm 27:8) I have great news for you! When we seek him, he has said we will find him. Let’s ‘turn up’ the seeking today!