We love to complicate simple things. The simple bottled water has turned into a multi-billion dollar industry that features flavor infused, protein added and whatever we can find to add in water and sell it. Human nature seem always to want more, better and bigger. And while this desire to improve on what we have, reach for new heights and possibilities keeps us growing, it also can rob us from the very essence of the simple and foundational purpose. That’s ever so true on how we have complicated church.
This Sunday morning as I’m preparing to go to church, I’m aware of how much we have complicated church as well. I’ve caught myself anticipating the music, the new set, the featured video or even getting my favorite parking spot near the side door more than looking forward to worshiping with my church family or hearing from God. I’ve managed to turn the simple notion of coming together as a church family into a series of “extra features” that have taken main stage.
So this morning I’m readjusting my expectations. I’m refocusing my attention away from the cultural add ons into a simple encounter with God and His people. I want to encourage you to do the same. Whether you’re sitting in a simple chapel or in a large auditorium with state-of-the-art production, look for the simple and yet life-changing connection with the Creator Himself. All the extra stuff, after all, don’t really matter.
Do these “extra features” preoccupy you as much as they do me?