Today I “get” to go to Church. I am thrilled to be able to make that statement since I haven’t attended Chruch is the past few weeks. I haven’t been feeling well, and I have instead opted to stay home and worship the Lord there. There is a part of me that understands why I chose not to attend, but part of me also worries that I was letting the devil keep me home. I was fuzzy-headed and couldn’t hold a train of thought; I was coughing so much that I was afraid that it would make it hard for others to hear the message, and I was worried that I might be contagious and make others sick. All of those are good reasons, but the nagging question that I had in my mind was, “could you have gone?” The answer was, yes; I could have attended.
In my online business, there is a saying, “those that show up, go up.” It is a simple concept that means the people who are engaged and stay connected do better than the ones who aren’t. When there is a training, meeting, or a call; the ones who show up seem to do better. I have said this over and over to my team in hopes to encourage them to participate more.
I was lying in bed when the same thought came to mind, but this time in regards to attending Church. It was an ah-ha thought that changed the way I viewed my Church attendance. Joe has always said that he “felt” better after going to Church. Part of the reason he feels better is hearing the word of the Lord from our Preacher. And, another part is because of the community of like-minded people who are in attendance.
There is a quote by Billy Sunday that says: “Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile.” I agree with this statement, but I think a lot of people use that mentality not to attend Church. I have heard people say that there are too many “hypocrites” who are in the Church. My answer to that is…and? You are not the one who has to justify what “they” do; you only have to answer for what “you” do. No one is perfect, and that goes for the Church also. It is full of sinners who are looking for the Lord’s Grace.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
One of my favorite movies is Stigmata. It talks about how the Church is just a building made up of brick and mortar. The Bible says in Matthew 18:19-20: 19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
You can worship the Lord at home, at the lake, or in any number of places other than the Church building. But, you can’t get the community and support in those places like you will in the Church.
So, today, I don’t “have” to go to Church; I “get” to go instead.
Have A Blessed Day!