What do you see in the faces of these guys as they worship God? Passion, sincerity, longing…they are crying out to Jesus with all their heart. Everywhere we went during our mission trip to Nepal, that’s what we encountered. Whether it was the church planters at the Pastors’ conference, a single family worshipping outside their home, or a prayer meeting in one of the rural villages…when they sang and worshipped Jesus it was with PASSION. Almost every single one of them had previously been Hindu, so coming to faith in Christ had come with great sacrifice. It was not a decision they made lightly, but one that carried great conviction that Jesus truly is who he claimed to be.
I couldn’t help but compare that with the lackluster attitude that we often bring into worship here in America. Perhaps it is because faith is so easy and our sacrifices for faith so light, but I have found it very easy to slip into complacency as I worship God. My mind wanders onto other things, I mouth the words but my heart isn’t in it. How about you? It reminds me of the Bible verse where God laments about how people“come near me with their mouths and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” (Isaiah 29:13)
One of my prayers for our church (and for all Christians) is that we would develop a deep sense of longing and expectancy as we approach God, and that our hearts would cry out in worship to the one who gave everything for us. Thank you, my friends in Nepal, for serving as a living reminder of what worship is.