Today’s passage says this: “What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up”.
How sad when you hear a believer saying they are coming from a church service feeling empty… Whenever I hear someone saying that I always ask them: ‘how did you go to the worship in the first place?’ My brother, my sister, the Lord created the church, established things by setting an orderly worship. If and when, individually, we don’t follow His order of things, we cannot receive from Him.
Everything done in worship services must be beneficial to the worshipers. Every worshiper ought to consider himself or herself a committed contributor, because we all have the Holy Spirit in us. Therefore, whether you sing, pray, read, play an instrument, preach, exercise spiritual gifts or just sit in the House of the Lord, if you have properly prepared your heart before the service, the Holy Spirit in you cannot remain sleeping during the service. The main problem in our worships is that we lack brotherly love and patience so much that our eyes are set on how bad the music was during the worship than how the Lord’s presence during this time should stir our love for others. My friend, bear in mind, that every time you are preparing for worship, you should seek to strengthen the faith of other believers… because worshiping is about sharing God’s love with others: don’t you have enough of yourself sometimes to want to be and share with others? Yes, when you participate in a worship service filled with yourself, you will also return with yourself, empty, since you cannot give to others or receive from others… Why? Because “whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen” (1 John 4:20). Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.