I can't tell you how many times I have walked into a church service looking for the “quick fix.” I think too many times we go to church looking to be “filled up.” Yes that does happen, but when our focus becomes about what we want, we have to re-examine the reason we are going to church. I have endured many services thinking “Why aren't they singing songs I know?” “I wish they would sing my favorite songs.” or “Why did they do that song that way?” maybe even “This message has nothing to do with me, I'm gonna just tune out.”
I want to give you a different way of looking at going to a worship service. My wife, Michelle, came up with this brilliant analogy: You don't go to a wedding and get upset when it's not all about what you want and like! You don't complain when they don't sing your favorite song, don't have your favorite cake or aren't using your favorite colors. You show up with a single focus; to honor the couple getting married. We go with anticipation of getting to speak to the bride and groom, congratulate them, hug their neck and tell them how happy we are for them. This should be how we approach going to a corporate worship service. We should go with the anticipation of meeting with God, honoring Him with words and songs, and looking forward to spending some time with Him.
Corporate worship is designed to be a collection of people with the common focus of celebrating what God is doing. We go to church to meet with other Christ Followers, and together, honor our Savior and Creator. When we shift our focus from what we want, to celebrating who God is and what He is doing, we do get filled up. When we pour ourselves out and give all that we are to Christ instead of being frustrated that we aren't getting what we want, we can take joy in whatever songs are sung and whatever the message is!
Here is my challenge to you: Next time you go to a worship service let your focus be on giving all of you to God, not what you can get from Him. It takes a conscious effort to shift your focus, remember:
It's not about what you GET, but what you GIVE.