For the last three weeks I have worshiped with our teens on Wednesday nights. They do an extended set of songs before their message. I love to worship and it also gives me a chance to enter their world and connect with them.
I've come away with some mixed emotions. It's pretty evident that for a lot of the kids, they have no idea what worship is and the songs mean nothing to them. What breaks my heart is to know that some of the students have been in the church for a long time and they still don't get it. In their mind, their experience at church on any given Wednesday is about everything but God. Now don't get me wrong. They are probably miles ahead of where I was when I was their age.
But I must give credit where credit is due. There are some teens who appear have their hearts and minds in the right place. They seem to be there for the right reasons and seem to have a relationship with Jesus. I'm pumped for them and can't wait to see what God is going to do through them.
I guess my frustration is this. You can teach people about what it means to follow Jesus, you can lead people in worship, you can even show them what an authentic life of worship is all about but some people never get it - teens, parents, senior adults, even pastors - they never tap into it. That's frustrating to me, but I refuse to give up. I believe a significant part of my life calling is to lead people into an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and until my Lord comes back I will help others to move in the direction becoming the kind of worshiper God seeks.