Jesus took the profoundly complex and made it real simple. In Matthew 22, we find the story of the religious leaders of the day luring Jesus into a trap they thought He would be not able to escape.
First up – the Sadducees. They took the first shot by asking Him to address one of their pet doctrines – no resurrection from the dead. His short, but powerful, answer astonished every person who heard the exchange and ultimately, shut down the first challenge.
Next up – the Pharisees. These guys had taken the Ten Commandments and stretched them into 613 rules to follow. They were so confident of their grasp of the law they asked what they thought was an unanswerable question of the upstart teacher from Galilee. And Jesus took their complexity and reduced it all down to two sentences.
In many ways, we are more like the Sanhedrin than like Jesus – we take the simple and make it complicated…feeling somehow it makes us more important if we do.
We often take the nuances of our worship and build theological systems around them. If we were to count up all the things we think about how we do worship, we might be way past 613. With every style preference and musical expression at our disposal, we even call what we do by confusing terms – just what does “traditional, contemporary, and blended” mean anyway?
We need the same simplicity in our day that Jesus brought then. And, that’s why Matthew 22:37 is the theme verse for WorshipLife.com
Here, you will find voices from across the spectrum of the Church seeking to draw us back to heart, soul, and mind. You will find links to resources of all kinds and a place to intersect with fellow worshippers. At WorshipLife.com, you will be challenged to love Jesus with all your:
Heart – your passion and deepest pursuit
Soul – your life, breath, and essence
Mind – your thoughts and best ideas
I hope this place becomes a trusted space for you to engage all of who you are as a believer and as a leader of worship. Bring your heart, soul, and mind to this community. And expect to grow closer to His.
Director, LifeWay Worship