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On Sunday evenings, we have been focusing on "Worship" for the past few weeks. In my short time in the gospel ministry, it is apparent that worship is one vital ingredient that seems to be missing from services in most churches today. They have become events that occur at a certain time on Sunday mornings for the most part. Some churches (like ours) still have a Sunday evening service, and a few (again, like ours) still have Wednesday evening services too. But a lot have opted out of those services, primarily due to the lack of participation. Attendance is so low on Sunday and Wednesday evenings, that the cost of cooling or heating the building, and turning on the lights far outweighs the number in attendance. But that begs a question. Since when did worship become about numbers!? I used to worry a lot about how many folks were in attendance in every service, but I can honestly tell you, it was getting me nowhere fast! As a pastor, often we can't help but worry, but at what? Numbers in attendance? Well, I have learned a few things, and one of those is that it is not up to me about how many folks come to church. Sure, I can have some impact on the overall attendance, but it is not me who "draws" the people in! When I focused on the Lord, and allowed Him to minister to me, He showed me that He brings who He would have to every service! Now there are some that come whom the Lord doesn't bring, but He deals with them as well! He brings the folks where He needs them to be, for worship, membership, service, and so on. It is God who controls things, not the pastor, deacons, or anyone else! My duty is to Him. My goal is, as it should be, simply to follow the steps He has ordained for me each and every day. In other words, I am to worry only about Wayne, and what God has led me to do. You see, I will not answer for your deeds or words, nor will you answer for mine. That is an individual responsibility. Also, I can not save you, even if I wanted to! That too, is a decision you must make. Not choosing the Lord by the way, is a decision too now! But worshipping Him is my goal, for all He has done, and continues to do for me! In spite of all the things going on in my life today, that is why I come to church. It is the reason I come to any service! Jesus is more than the reason for the season at Christmas. He is more than the reason we celebrate Easter as well. He is the very reason I am alive today! He is the reason I press on toward the mark that Paul mentions. He alone is the reason I can be here today, in spite of all the reasons my enemy reminds that I don’t deserve to be here. Look, there are so many things that can overload our lives, day in and day out. The trick is to remain focused on Jesus, and make sure that what we do, we do for Him alone! Then, and only then, will all of the pieces of this puzzle of life we live, begin to fall in the right place. Sometimes they are so close that you can barely tell the difference, aren't they? Well, apply the same thought to your choices in life. Make sure that you are focused on the Lord Jesus, and His will for your life! Take your family to church, and when you go, go for one reason. To worship. Don;t go just because it is time for church. Do not go to see who else might be there, or for any other reason! Go because Jesus went to a cross for you. Go because He blessed you with another day. Go because you love Him, and want to express it to Him! Go worship the Lord, not the church, pastor, music minister, or anything else!! Worship Him, and God will bless you today! PW