I’m sitting here today watching the Apple Event learning about all the new products they are rolling out over the next couple months. In an Apple dominated office, this is usually a big deal. One of the things that always happens during these events is they roll out a product that has totally changed from the one that rolled out probably no more than a year ago and I’m always like, “why didn’t you put that on the last one? I’m not buying another now! GEEZ!!” That’s my current thoughts about the 6S and 6+S. The things they’ve added are awesome, but I want them on the last one. But enough of that soapbox rant…
The truth of the matter is that things change all the time. This has become more and more true in the church. It seems like, especially in the worship world, that things are changing almost as fast as technology. I don’t know exactly what I think about all that, and that’s another post for another time, but one thing I know for sure is that one change I see coming could be one for the better. I sense a desire for simpler things. I see a call for things to be stripped away. I see the Matt Redman song being way ahead of its time. I sense a move toward quality over quantity in a way that we haven’t seen it in a while. I’m excited to see this large shift toward deeper truths of God. This has been a cry for quite awhile, but it seems to be getting louder and more widespread. Why is this the case? Could it be that, now more than ever, we need the truth to stand strong in a world that is creating their own ideas and brands of the truth? I believe that may have something to do with it. I also believe that we have created an overstimulated worship experience and people are needing things to slow down. The lights have started to blind us. The screens have started to become more than just for words and have caused a need for more design than ever before. Production of those 2-3 minute videos are full time jobs within themselves. In some ways, we’ve wrapped the truth in this really big package and it’s becoming harder and harder to find. I feel in a lot of ways that people aren’t wanting the gift wrap as much as they just want the gift. And what a gift we have to give!
What does that look like in your church? In my church? I don’t know what that means for you. I doubt it means that you start tearing down your trusses and selling your intelligent lights on eBay. Here’s what it means for me. It means that I need to care that much more about content. For those of you who know me and have served alongside me before, you know that my heart has always been more about the words of the songs than anything else. The story is and should be the most important part of any worship experience.
Ultimately, we have to follow where the Lord is leading. Lots of prayer and listening to the Lord’s voice in my life has lead me to this point. Where do you hear the Lord leading you? Do you feel like you can flow with the changes that he may be making in your life? Are you listening?