Stifling Spontaneity?

Could we be stifling spontaneity in our gatherings? When those early Christians spoken of in Acts 2:46-47: “….continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favour with all the people…,” did they have an “Order of Worship?” Was there a set time to start and finish? Did certain things need to be done each time they met? Was it formal or spontaneous? Now, I am not against these things unless they stifle authentic and spontaneous expressions from hearts full of love for and with the wonder of our Savior. Actually, I am wondering if we have a sort of spiritual technology going on today. For example, a computer sends E-mails without any personal involvement with the content in them. Do we mechanically go through our Sunday activities with little or no involvement with the substance of what we are doing? I say “little” because we may sing, pray and hear His Word with some enthusiasm, but is that confined to an hour or so? Does it fill our hearts with Him? Does it continue to flow throughout the week? Have we lapsed into a formal acknowledgement of Him, without that wonderful fellowship with Him? I wonder! Do you wonder? Can we seek to be re-ignited with the joy of personal interaction with Jesus? How much of ourselves are we willing to give in order to experience this? In her hymn, “More Love to Thee,” Elizabeth P. Prentiss gave us a plea we might want to make our own: “More love to Thee, O Christ, more love to Thee! Hear Thou the prayer I make on bended knee; this is my earnest plea; more love, O Christ to Thee, more love to thee, more love to Thee! Once earthly  joy I craved, sought peace and rest; now Thee alone I seek, give what is best; this all my prayer shall be: more love, O Christ to Thee, more love to Thee, more love to Thee!” Selah! What would mean the most to Jesus? Would it be our faithful routine or just for us to have wonderful times with Him and also together with Him, as his family?  Ron

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