The news about Drew Brees breaking the “All-Time Passing Yards” record last night reminded me of arguably my best sermon illustration ever. The Sunday was the first Sunday of the year in 2007. The Saints were in the play-offs, but had a bye in the first round.
I began my sermon this way:
Before I preach this morning, I have a special guest that I want to introduce, who will say a word of greeting and testimony. Would you believe that I had something interesting that happened to me yesterday? I was out with my family and I thought I recognized this gentleman. I wasn’t sure it was him, and though I don’t usually do things like this, I went up to him and asked, “Are you who I think you are?” He said, “Well, who do you think I am?” “Well,” I said, “I think you are Drew Brees.” “I am,” he said. For those of you who don’t know—Drew Brees is the first-year quarterback of the New Orleans Saints. Of course, as most of you know, he will be leading the Saints into the play-offs next week. He is off today, because they had such a good year they have a bye in the play-offs. Well to make a long story short, Drew asked me what I did, so I told him. One thing led to another, and well, Drew agreed to come this morning and share a brief word of testimony with us. Drew is right outside those doors, so help me give a loud Lafayette greeting to the quarterback of our play-off bound New Orleans Saints, Drew Brees.
The place went wild. The exuberance was far more than anything we had experienced in the opening moments of our worship. Drew Brees was not right outside the doors, so then I said:
No, Drew Brees is not with us this morning. If you were listening carefully, I said at the beginning, “Would you believe?” I made all of that up to make a point this morning about worship. The truth is this: Some of you were more excited about seeing Drew Brees here this morning than hearing from God. Maybe for you it is not Drew Brees who you would like to see, but it is someone else. And that attitude is our first obstacle to authentic worship.
I then commenced to preach that morning on the authenticity of our worship.
Any day is a great day to think about our worship. One of the easiest goals that you can make that will have long-lasting results in other areas is your habit of regular worship. Actually, it is not just regular worship that we need, but authentic, meaningful worship.
Think on the words of the writer of Hebrews.
19 Therefore, brothers, since we have boldness to enter the sanctuary through the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way He has opened for us through the curtain (that is, His flesh), 21 and since we have a great high priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water. 23 Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, 25 not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:19-25)
Be sure to see Steve’s video about Drew Brees at www.facebook.com/fbclaf.