Whose Church is it?
“Behold, as the eyes of the servants look to the hand of their master; as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God.” (Ps 123:2)
When we show up for work, especially when we need the money, we are carefully to work in such a way that our labor fulfills the desires of our employer. If your boss finds it particularly important that all the floors be swept three times a day – you sweep them three times a day even if you think that is excessive. If she asks for all memos to be in 14pt Helvetica font – 14pt Helvetica becomes your new favorite font during business hours. What you may feel is arbitrary or unimportant receives attention because it is important to the one you serve.
Why do we treat our religious beliefs any differently? If Christianity is about Christ, then what He values should be what we value. The idea of finding a church that meets your needs is backwards – we should be part of a church that meet His needs. Worship should be on His terms and in His ways, and yet churches abound which focus on worship being entertaining and exciting for us, instead of pleasing to Him. Our eyes should look to the LORD like a servant’s eyes look to his master.
“Therefore, we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.” (2 Cor 5:9)