The Lord said: Because these people draw near with their mouths and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me,and their worship of me is a human commandment learned by rote; so I will again do amazing things with this people, shocking and amazing. Isaiah 29:13-14a
I was talking with the amazing L. yesterday about why a person who is not now part of a church would join one. So many of our worship experiences are boring. (Rote prayers. Joyless singing.) So many of our people do not share what’s most interesting about them. (Their questions. Their doubts. What God is doing with them.) So many of our congregations are stuck. (No vision of the future. No energy to shift what isn’t working towards spiritual growth.)
This could kill the institutional church. And maybe it should.
God is not boring. The God who creates the human eye and snowstorms and coral reefs, the God who moves people to create glorious art in the form of films and music and baked goods and poetry and architecture – this God deserves the most splendid response possible from us. But we are boring.
As we are sitting in worship this weekend, or meeting with church about an upcoming event, or gathering for a book group or Bible study we need to ask ourselves:
- What is interesting about this?
- Why would this particular event be engaging to a new person?
- How would our favorite unbeliever find this?
It’s so wrong to be boring as followers of Jesus. Think about it. If we discover a new restaurant or a new book, we can’t wait to tell people about it. A fabulous new recipe on Pinterest sparks more interest than the average church mission fair. Why is that?
If we are excited and moved by the message of Jesus, we can’t help but talk about it, live it, crave it, want it. It’s a sin to be boring if we are serious about following Jesus.