• Michael Jakes

Turn The Lights On

Updated: Jul 30, 2020

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

John 4:24

I’ll open with this statement: We don’t need more or better musicians and singers; we need worshippers. Agree or disagree? Here’s a scenario you may or may not be familiar with:

You’re in church. The music is playing. And I mean, it’s playing. It’s loud. It’s rhythmic. People are clapping and swaying. People are shouting. They’re jumping. Some are even running. Everyone seems to be enjoying themselves and are ‘expressing themselves.’ Now, do we have here a picture of Spirit-led worship and praise or flesh-fed fanaticism? While we may not agree on the answer, please understand that the catalyst behind all this is the music.

This is what I know: we cannot coax the Spirit of God into ‘making an appearance.’ We cannot expect that by making the music louder or faster that the Spirit will come. While it is true that we are in a sense ‘responsible’ for the atmosphere that the Spirit is able to come and dwell in, the way we invite the Spirit’s presence is not through the flesh or worldly methods. Since when do we don’t need dimmed lights, laser shows, or smoke machines in our churches or even at concerts? These are things we think we need for ourselves; but the Spirit of God doesn’t need any help. The way we invite His power and presence is by simply exalting Jesus. Worship and praise is not entertainment, or a show. We do not show up at church to perform. We don’t even need people with a just a passion for music per se or who just enjoy being on stage and in the spotlight. We need worshippers. People with that unique blend of a passion for the Lord’s music and worship. People who truly know how to lift up His name. The Bible says in John 4:24 that God is Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.

So let’s turn the lights on and just bask in His by praising His name.

That’s the word! Take it with you. God bless you.

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