This past week I have been thinking about the relationship between intimacy and integrity in worship.
There is a lot of performance in worship these days, which is both good and bad. Good because it usually means cool equipment to play with, but bad because it often leaves worship feeling plastic and superficial.
There is always going to be a push for excellence which is right as we give God our best.
But of all the people who speak to me about excellence in worship, no one has ever mentioned the excellence of the heart.
This is where I feel that intimacy and integrity can help us. These 2 things work together and can give our worship the substance and power we all want.
Intimacy is all about going deeper with God, but so often we struggle, especially as guys, with intimacy because at the back of our mind we can’t get past making it sexual.
Intimacy is all about self-disclosure. (Beware the following paragraph is rated pg13). Now between my wife and I that could end up with me naked but when it comes to God it means letting him see the good and bad parts of our lives and somehow this is way harder than putting our “love-handles” on show.
Now this is where integrity comes in because we can’t experience intimacy if we are not being ourselves.
Here’s a thought the degree we are comfortable with God knowing our most broken parts is the degree to which we can be intimate wit Him and also shows how deep our understanding of His Grace.
I don’t just want to leave it there though because it is good and right to bring our victories and healing to God. It’s just that we find it easier to only show the best version me ourselves to God and other church folk on a Sunday.
So I want to challenge you and I that as we worship today to bring all of ourselves to God, the good and the bad