When it comes to corporate worship we can’t escape the fact that we are in the presence of others. Wherever we sit or stand, we are surrounded by other worshipers. (And non-worshipers) In a world where image is everything, do we concern ourselves too much with what others think, when we should be focusing on God?
“What if they see me crying?”
“If I raise my hands, they will judge me.”
“Remember to turn the offering envelope upside down, so no one sees what I give.”
“Nobody complimented my shoes!”
“If I put the envelope in slowly, everyone can see how much I give.”
With the popularity of social media formats such as facebook, twitter and pintrest, etc… we are more concerned than ever before about maintaining an acceptable image. Haven’t we taken this image conscious mindset to an unhealthy level? Social media can be a great place to interact with friends, but in our humanness, we tend to only put forth the image we want others to see and we hide our real selves. I’m sure this isn’t true all of the time, but it’s true enough of the time.
Does this same tendency toward image influence our corporate worship? Scripture teaches that God is the audience of our worship, not others. When we make God alone our audience, we will care less about maintaining our image in front of others. The next time you participate in corporate worship set aside the image you want others to see and lay your life open before God.
When we drop the image facade, our worship can be a testimony. Let us be Spirit and Truth worshipers who enter His presence without our masks and worship the Savior without pretense.