Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


May 5, 2011

Over the past several decades Christian worship in the USA has moved to casual, it is perhaps a correction to lifeless, spirit-less formal worship.  However, can worship really be "casual," as in come-as-you-are, anything goes?

Huram cast two bronze pillars, each eighteen cubits high and twelve cubits in circumference.  He also made two capitals of cast bronze...
                                                    - 1 Kings 7:15,16 TNIV
Recently I plodded through my reading of a chapter per day in the Old Testament: 1 Kings 7.  Whoa!  Solomon hires Huram to decorate the temple...paragraph after paragraph of details.  It's tough reading.  But it occurred to me, there's nothing casual about it.  It could be the reason such texts are before us--to remind us there is nothing casual about discipleship, nothing casual about our worship and service of God.  The caring, precise attention to details invites us to even more caring and precise in our walk with God.
When we enter the sanctuary to worship, perhaps, it would bless us if we approached the Holy with at least that same sort of dedication to detail, devotion to the Holy.  There is no casual worship or discipleship.
Dale Patterson