Continuing on in the series of posts about how to use Sunday well… (Part 1: connecting with people with whom you have not connected for a while. Part 2: the 90 minutes of worship on Sunday should never overshadow the worship that takes place in the other 10,000 minuets throughout the week. And Part 3: the 90 minutes on Sundays are incredibly important to those who have a hard time worshiping God throughout the week.)
I have been talking to my sister a bunch this week (side bar: she is going to start blogging again! See here.) and she was talking about how she spent time down in Mexico where everyone gathered every evening at sundown at the beach to celebrate the ending of another day. When the Sun finally sets into the Pacific (yes, I know that the sun doesn’t set into the ocean… let’s move on) everyone cheers and it is a wonderful party.
I was thinking about how an archaeologist/religious scholar would view this event if they dug up evidence of it happening 200 years from now. They would say that this was a ritualistic event which was most likely due to the people somehow worshiping the Sun or the change of day to night. Something like that.
Ritual has always been a way to describe worship. Do we ritually spend time doing the same thing week in and week out? Day in and day out? (Eating and going to the bathroom don’t count, we are talking about activities that aren’t necessary for a mammal to do to survive.) From a Religious Studies standpoint: looking at where people are willing to spend their time repeatedly is a look into what that people find important.
Would a student in the Religious Studies department at the U of M look at Grafted Community Church and find that the way we spend our time points to the fact that we worship Jesus? What would that same student, looking at YOUR life, assume about what you worship? Of what do you want to be known as a worshiper?
Paul David Tripp says,
“You cannot divide human beings into those who worship and those who don’t. Everybody worships; it’s just a matter of what, or whom, we serve.”
—Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands
What or whom are you going to serve? Are you going to use your Sundays to show that you are a worshiper of Jesus? Or is it just another day of the weekend to use to hang out with friends, do house projects, relax, vacation, or watch more episodes of your favorite Netflix show?
I am not saying that all of you need to come to a church service every Sunday… but I am saying that if you want to be known as a worshiper of Jesus, then you need to worship Jesus.