Don’t Put Thoughts of the World Out of Your Mind During Worship – Please!

I often hear people say to the people in the church, or in prayers, that we should put the thoughts of the world out of our minds and concentrate on Christ.

There’s a problem with this.

Worship isn’t just for Sunday. It isn’t just for remembering Christ, although that is a big part of it. Worship is to bring glory to God, and for encouraging others in their faith, as well as building up our faith.

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing.  I Thessalonians 5:1

…not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near. Hebrews 10:25

During communion recently, I was overcome with emotion thinking of something recently that had happened. I thought of how Jesus took this thing that was overwhelming me, and he had bore it on the cross:

Yet He Himself bore our sicknesses, and He carried our pains; but we in turn regarded Him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. Isaiah 53:4

If you put things of the world out of your mind during communion, it will take away its power. Remembering Christ’s death also remembers that what he did then makes a difference now.

So, don’t worry if you can’t put away a problem you are worrying about away during communion. Instead, think of how Christ’s death took on that problem. He conquered death and sin, and he overcame. He rose from the death. He is a conqueror.

You, too, can think of how what is overwhelming you has been carried already by Christ. Thinking of how he carried all of those overwhelming problems, pains, and sicknesses will help you to see why he was sweating so profusely in the garden that his blood vessels were breaking.

The problems he carried were greater than we will ever know or fathom. And, for that, our gratitude will be as overwhelming as our problems, pains, and sicknesses.

Think about it. It’s OK.