Guest Blog: by Linley Sullivan
Danielle and Faire look at me eagerly and ask, “Hey can we go to the front to worship more Linley. We will come back to help in a minute, we just want to worship”
What else can I say to that statement except “of course”. As they run up to the front, I stand in the back just in awe. Here are these two 16 year-olds running up to the front of the service like they haven’t gotten to sing a worship in a couple of weeks when they were just blasting it in their car 30 minutes ago. Their innocence and joy to worship God struck me so hard that I stopped and thought, “When am I that excited to worship? When am I that excited to glorify God?”
Having been a Christian my whole life, going through Sunday school, vacation bible schools, mission trips, and just attending church for 20+ years has led to an ability to just go through the motions. It’s easy and comfortable to go to church, lift my hands, recite the Lords prayer and leave to start my week. I lose the awe of who God is, what He has done for me, and how much He loves me! It becomes a normal yet thats not how its suppose to be! In John 15:16, Jesus says, “You did not choose me but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last…”
We as Christian are chosen. Chosen to spread the name of Jesus, to proclaim and glorify His name above all else, yet over time we can grow numb to the calling. As I witness Danielle and Faire race down the aisle to go sing their hearts out, I pause long enough to realize this is about more than getting things done. Being in ministry, running a worship session or outreach is my job. Instead of experiencing God, I am coordinating things, making sure everything runs smoothly and helping others experience God. In the hustle and bustle of the job, it’s so easy to lose perspective of why I am there, what my purpose is. Yet in that moment watching those girl running to worship the Lord, I felt the Lord gently whisper to my heart “that is how I want you to be”. Its that childlike faith, that excitement and giddiness to go worship our father in all His glory that so easily gets lost, yet it is so important. It’s not an easy thing to remember and yet I feel so blessed to have these little reminders of what childlike faith really looks like and take a moment to stand in awe of the one true God.