Acts 19:32b - "Most of the people did not even know why they were there."
We're priviliedged in church to have so many methods of worship. We're fortunate to have activities ranging from:
- youth clubs - luncheon clubs
- home league gatherings - youth fellowships
- bible studies - band practices
- singing groups - outreach programmes
Now they're important ways of uniting people together who share common interests and the social element to that is fantastic because of how it nurtures fellowship; but, from time to time, its common to take our eyes of the main purpose and that can effect how we approach respective activities and view others.
You might be a keen musician and the instrument you practice and the music you rehearse can only progress your skills, make you a better one than you yourself can imagine but, in the context of church and your Christian journey, are you sure its Christ you're worshippin - who blessed us with these gifts and activities - or are you worshipping the instrument you're playing?
Outreach programs - football, youth clubs etc; they're fantastic because they can open so many doors, but is your conduct on the field or pitch, in the dressing room, at your refreshment table afterwards a mirroring of who you're professing to follow in your church?
Diversity's a wonderful blessing and it would be seriously boring without it! But as you grow, if you don't know it already, the music has more to it than playing or singing; the gatherings have more to them than numbers; and how you act and respond to these different ways will become apparent to others.
"I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one" (John 17:22). My prayer is that we unite as one, along with our backgrounds and interests, in our worship of Christ. And that its shown through us - for it could change somebody else.