Tuesday, November 29, 2005

The Mission Transcends The Music Part 3

Jesus was once asked which of the commands was the greatest. He replied, "To love the lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength...And to love your neighbor as yourself."

Worship is vertical, aimed at God alone, but apart from love of the people around us, is incomplete. Let's not forget that the Pharisees and Saducees loved God fervently but judged the whole lot of folks around them as unworthy. So was their love for God really love? Part of loving God is loving what God loves. This is horizontal. This is the cross where worship and mission meet.

Lord help us to be infused with your love for the world around us.

This is the place our work, and music, and art, and worship should strive for. It's not that everything we do needs to be some deep, mystical, and worshipful experience, but that our lives are directed by the mission of loving God first and our neighbors as ourselves. However we will find that some pretty common things can be very spiritual, and on the flip side some things that seem spiritual are just pretending.

1 comment:

randall said...

This probably also explains why, in spite of worship being a vertical act, some of the most phenomenal worship experiences I have had have been together with a group.