When you come to the assembly, do you come solely to “take out”, or do you come to “put in” also? Do you come placing yourself before God and pouring out your praise and adoration to Him? Do you seek to build up those around you? Do you sing to praise God and at the same time encourage someone else in their walk with God; OR, do you try to get as much as you can from the service so that you can be built up? Do you expect the sermon and the singing to entertain you and everyone around you to respect your space?
Let’s examine why we come to the assembly. Do we come to put in or take out? Are you in the church to serve, or to be served? JFK once said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” This concept applies even more in the Lord’s church. The heart of the Christian is not looking for someone to take care of their every need and desire, but instead searches for someone else to help, serve and love.
Jesus came not to be served, but to serve (Mark 10:45). Paul considered himself a slave to all so he could save people (1 Corinthians 9:19). Barnabas was always looking to encourage someone. The Hebrew writer says we should stimulate one another (Hebrews 10:24). This servant attitude must carry over into our public assembly. The key to successful worship is not to get out all you can, but rather, put in, by worshiping God and building others up. As a result you will receive blessings, growth, etc. This morning, sing with all your heart! Pour yourself out to God and those around you. You will grow closer to Christ than those who came merely ‘to be fed’!