I used to sing in church. I always got so nervous. I just had a hard time being….well, serious. Don’t get me wrong. I loved it, but I hated being so nervous and honestly being so transparent in front of people. When I’m singing to God, I’m very emotional and it’s heart felt. It took me a long time to realize I wasn’t performing for the people sitting out in the pews. A wise old pastor (my dad) taught me the correct perspective on the church service. The pastor and the people leading in song are not the performers at all. They are facilitating and obeying God to the best of the abilities and opportunities they’ve been given. The audience is not the church members in the pews. The audience is God Himself. The performers are those people out in the pews or chairs or whatever you sit in at your church. God is watching us. Our hearts will perform for God and tell our story. God will see it. He will know why you came to church (or why you didn’t). He will be watching and that is important to know. We must all come ready and prepared for we are all performing for The King whether we know it or not. That is, I believe, a much clearer and appropriate perspective to have when going to church. I believe the word I’m looking for is Sincerity. If we would sincerely worship Jesus Christ and sincerely care about those He cares about, many of our arguments would fade into the background as we all began taking part in caring more about the proper order to life and less about ourselves. The proper order is constantly stated in this question, “What are your priorities?” If you ask that in church, you probably wouldn’t get a soul searching sincere answer. What you probably would hear is, “God, family, and work…” because the truth is that most of us “know” certain answers, we just don’t sincerely live out those answers, which makes our lives look, well…..insincere. So take a moment and reevaluate and let’s ask ourselves, “Where are my priorities?” Let’s Sincerely consider that today. Our hearts should be sincerely performing for God, so let’s not waste our time. Let’s see what God has shared with us about this thing called Sincerity.
2 CORINTHIANS 8:8
I am not speaking this as a command, but as proving through the earnestness of others the SINCERITY OF YOUR LOVE also.
(Is your love sincere?)
Grace be with all those who LOVE OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST with incorruptible love.
(Do you sincerely love Jesus?)
“Now, therefore, fear the LORD and serve Him in SINCERITY and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD.
(Do you sincerely revere The Lord and serve Him?)
1 TIMOTHY 1:5
But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a SINCERE FAITH.
(Is your faith sincere?)
Let love be without hypocrisy Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.
(Do you sincerely hate what is evil and cling to what is good or do you compromise what is good to get along with what is evil to be more acceptable to this world?)
1 PETER 1:22
Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a SINCERE LOVE OF THE BRETHREN, fervently love one another from the heart,
(Do you sincerely love other Christians?)
1 JOHN 3:18
Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.
(Can people see your sincerity lived out through your life’s actions?)
2 CORINTHIANS 1:12
For our proud confidence is this: the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and GODLY SINCERITY, not in fleshly wisdom but IN THE GRACE OF GOD, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you.
(Do you conduct yourselves towards others sincerely?)
2 CORINTHIANS 2:17
For we are not like many, peddling the word of God, but as FROM SINCERITY, but as from God, WE SPEAK in Christ in the sight of God.
(Do you present things to others sincerely?)
1 THESSALONIANS 2:3-5
For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or by way of deceit; but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but GOD who EXAMINES OUR HEARTS. For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed…
(Is your heart sincere?)
This is just something to meditate on today. The fact that God sees the heart and can tell if we are sincere. The question is not, “Were you ever sincere or have you shown to be sincere at times?” The question is, “Where is your heart right NOW? Have you grown cold, thinking the church service exists to entertain you? Do you half heartedly drudge through the songs or even through your whole day?” Sincerely spend some time with God today considering what He has done for you. When you consider Him, His sincerity will overtake you and consume you and you’ll know He has refreshed your heart. The beginning of sincerity always begins with getting our priorities back in line. GOD is your focus. Sincerely love and meditate on Him and the rest will follow.
May these scriptures sincerely challenge and refresh you today.