Has your faith become addicted to artificial stimulants? In other words, if worship were scaled back to the bare essentials, would you be able to worship God with the same spirit you normally do?
Too many depend upon externals to inspire their worship. Without these added elements, worship would be boring, dull, and lacking. For many, it is not an issue of preference, but absolute need. They cannot worship God without things like music groups, praise teams, mood lighting, mega-multi-media presentations, etc. These are the things that, for them, make worship … worship.
Besides the clear lack of authority for all of these mood-inducing-stimulants in our worship, the real challenge comes when we consider the worship of the original disciples.
Their worship was simple. The practice of many today suggests it was far too simple. But if we had to worship with them, as they worshipped, could we still worship in spirit and in truth? Consider how Jesus said “true worshippers” worship (John 4:23-24).
If we simply sang to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, would that be enough (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16)? If we simply observed the Lord’s Supper without any additions to how Jesus originally ordained it, would that be enough for us today (cf. Matt. 2:26-29; 1 Cor. 11:23-27)? If we simply prayed together, without any frills—just simple, heartfelt, honest prayer—would that be enough (Acts 2:42)? If we simply studied God’s word together, with nothing more than open Bibles and open hearts, would that be enough (Acts 20:7-12)?
The “spiritual high” many derive from going to over-produced, amped-up, pop-culturally-driven worship is often not the result of a deep, abiding and spiritual need for God, but a fleshly and carnal need for another artificially stimulated “spiritual fix.”