HOW DO WE FIND THE ANSWER?
The Word is full of accounts of people attempting to worship who did not know God. Jesus himself said that there will be many who come on the last day and use their acts of worship and ministry as an attempt to justify themselves before him. Sadly, for those people Jesus will respond “depart from me, I never knew you.” (Matthew 7:21-23). As the prophet Isaiah says (Isaiah 64:6) our “righteous acts” before God are no better than filthy rags before God. People try to come to God; people try to worship in their own way. They can try… but they will fail.
“For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”
So, the person who is not in Christ who tries to worship will fail. Apart from Jesus, anyone attempting to worship will just plain fall short.
Just because a non-believer listens, and sings along, and can’t worship, doesn’t mean that they have to stay that way.
1 Corinthians 14:22 talks about the work of God the Spirit in the lives of believers as a sign to non-believers. Specifically, Paul is talking about the sign of tongues, but I don’t think we’d be out of line to make a more general application. During a church worship service, whether it’s in the worship, prayers, communion, or teaching, God the Spirit is testifying to any unbeliever present about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
So, in our leading worship, we should ask and pray that the Father would use our songs, prayers and music to testify of Jesus to all who are present and especially to those who don’t yet believe.
Do you want to believe but don’t know how?