Ditching Worship

In a sense, one does not "ditch" worship. Worship isn’t a place…and it doesn’t happen only at a place. Nevertheless, in another sense, one can ditch worship by removing God from his rightful place at the center of one’s heart and life. This usually (though not always) leads to ditching of the assembly of God’s people.

There are a number of reasons that people decide not to "go to church" on a given Sunday. Sin in one’s life. A need to "circle the wagons" after a life trauma. Avoiding someone difficult. A day at the lake.

Those who preceded us in the faith…even the angels, envy our position of having the barriers between God destroyed by Christ’s once for all sacrifice. Yet, it seems that worship is something that ranks somewhere in the middle of most Christian families’ value systems. Not all, obviously. But many. Whatever happened to Psalms 84:10?

"Better is one day in your courts than thousands elsewhere."

Is there a remedy for the spiritual sickness that causes people to relegate worship to least among our most cherished habits. Where did this sickness come from? How do we keep God as our heart’s deepest desire?

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  1. I think the problem and the answer lies in the story of the rich young ruler. He had done so much…..had done so many right things. But still there was something in his life more important than God…..his riches. Christ simply told him to give it up for God….sell all and follow. I have too many other gods….self love, money, perceived importance and man made responsibilities….materialism. Give them ALL up and follow Him. This sickness starts when we go away sorrowfully because……