by Matt Tullos
From Let’s Worship – Summer 2012
The Bible tells the story straight. No overly extravagant adjectives, no airbrushed complexions, nor secrets. It’s all there–the dysfunction, the doubt, and the desperation. The Bathshebas and Jezebels, Samsons, and Sauls are not gussied up to create a half spoken, child-proof version of actual events. It can be trusted as the whole truth.
In Abraham’s life we see the father of God’s chosen in all his doubt, fear, and shortcomings. We also look upon a passionate man of faith. He teaches us that this path toward God is a journey of change and surprise. He was a work in progress.
Worship is all about transition and transformation. As a pastor, I struggle with my position as the point of the spear in change. All complaints seem to come to me many days. It’s our duty as worship leaders to press the church to dive deeper in worship, to prevent individuals from downsizing God into someone we can control. But we’re far too easily comfortable.
I pray that your church is in transition because that’s the monetary system of our culture.
There are some who prefer their comfortable pew
Their ruts of worship and their old habits too.
Some won’t carry the cross of our King,
more concerned about comfort and the songs that we sing.
Some are lost in a maze of struggle for power,
while millions untold face their final hour.
Some cling to the past and refuse to obey
They’ll never agree no matter what you’ll say.
They refuse to look past traditions of men
And if we do that, we’re living in sin.
God, you see, is all about change
It’s “Onward, Christian Soldiers”–not “Home on the Range”
It’s living, not just singing, “Trust and Obey”
And saying to God, “Have Thine Own Way”
It’s trusting when everything’s failing apart
And declaring to Him, “O God, change my heart!”
God has a future worth waiting for …
A journey worth packing for …
And an inheritance worth dying for.