So many times in my world I hear people justifying themselves – claiming that they don’t need to go to church, that they can seek God at home, or be spiritually fed from the electronic church.
How totally selfish. And we are supposet to be becoming self-less, thinking of others before ourselves and considering the many “one anothers” we find throughout the New Testament.
Church attendance is not merely about what you can get, but rather the cross-pollinating and the GIVING OUT of what the Lord has given you. Maintaining an idea that ‘I can be fed at home’ is nothing but pure ignorance and selfishness.
In the Book of Proverbs it states: “A man who isolates himself seeks his own desires.” Yup! Sounds like a lot of Christians that I know. We come to Church and in spite of the words we speak we still come with the attitude that “It is all about me, Jesus”. We even think this when one of the songs we might sing on any given Sunday is that great and anointed chorus “It’s all about You, Jesus”.
Just listen to the exit polls after a service. “Boy, that sermon was beyond me”; “the worship did nothing for me this morning”; “Don’t know who he was preaching at – but I got nothing out of his message this morning”.
We are suppose to come to church to give and not to get. Now, if during the exit polls Jesus were to say: “the worship did nothing for me this morning”. Then, something is wrong. It is suppose to be about Him – blessing and honouring Him. Sad but, in spite of the words we sing most people still focus on what’s in it for them and how did they benefit by gracing the pews on Sunday morning with their presence.
Much too self-centered and we are called to die to self and take up our cross daily. Was the service a blessing to Jesus? Did others benefit by listening to you share a testimony? Were you able to encourage an individual after the service? Did you have opportunity to share the gospel during the coffee hour with a visitor who attended?
It’s not about you or me. It’s about Him and them! So, having coffee on Sunday at your favourite coffee shop – and inviting another Christian to join you – is NOT church. Not by the wildest stretch of your imagination. Nor is what you are doing biblical. Let’s not reinvent and fiddle with something Jesus designed and is still the head of. Could be dangerous!
Come on believer – ‘forsake not the assembling of yourselves together” even if some assembly is required and batteries are not included.
Come on believers – plan your weekend around Sunday church. Go out to the movies on Friday night if you must. Then go to bed early on Saturday night so you are bring, fresh, and alert – ready to give – on Sunday morning.
It’s time we stood up for what the Bible sets forth as truth and stop recreating God, the church, and the Christian faith into something that allows us to justify non-biblical behaviour.
Remember the words of Paul to the church in Ephesus … “From whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.” (Ephesians 4:16).
Can’t happen if you are constantly staying in bed or going shopping on Sunday morning and missing corporate worship.