Have you ever been so exhausted when driving that at some point you’ve arrived at your destination without even the slightest memory of the drive? It can be a little scary and a wake up call that you were on autopilot and not really engaged.
In the same way we can be on autopilot in our worship to God. Here are 3 modes we can fall into that distract us from focused worship:
1. Concert Mode: This is when you go into observer mode and are letting worship be done “at you” like someone watching a concert instead of engaging with the content that’s directed toward Jesus. This can be especially difficult for musicians who begin to analyze every musical nuance.
2. People Watching Mode: Here we begin to watch other’s response in worship and we begin to move into judging them: “Why don’t they ever get into worship?” “That person always gets so emotional and over the top with their worship.” “I don’t think that person up there is really genuine.”
3. Let’s Get This Over With Mode: This is when we have a high value for the preaching of God’s Word and a low value for corporate acts of worship like singing together. People in this mindset can’t wait for corporate worship to be over so they can sit down and get to doing “real” church.
At one time or another we’ve all found ourselves tripped up by one of the above obstacles. We’re all in desperate need of God’s grace and direction to focus us in making much of Jesus Christ in our worship instead of being distracted. The sacrifice of praise we bring to Him is one that goes into worship with a diligence to not let anything distract us.