Is there a hunger or thirst for God? The writer of Psalm 42 expressed a personal thirst with these words, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God” (Psalm 42:1-2). Sometimes the circumstances of life leave us feeling empty and in desperate need for the presence of God. Do you ever find yourself hungry or thirsty for God in that way?
In the previous edition of our blog series, we began considering why people would get up on Sunday mornings, do what it takes to get ready (and perhaps to get their kids ready), and make their way to our worship center as first-time guests. It may not seem like a big deal to those of us who attend regularly, but these can be gigantic steps for new guests, especially if they have not attended a worship service in a while. Consider how we can better welcome and minister to these guests as we seek to “put ourselves in their shoes.” What would motivate a new person to step through our worship center doors on Sunday morning?
Perhaps the number one reason is a desire to experience more of God. Though a relationship with God extends beyond our physical campus, there is something special about a gathered worship experience. We emphasize the Word of God and Spirit of God as our primary worship ingredients with the hope of engaging everyone in attendance. But what if God worked through you to engage our guests? A smile, a handshake, an encouraging word, and an invitation to sit with could be the personal touch that makes the difference. Be attentive to new guests this Sunday and let God minister through you. -Jason