For most of us, Church is a Sunday staple, it’s something you do. You gather the family together, go to church, and then go for IHOP for breakfast; that’s a typical american Sunday morning. Stop and think for a second though, are you getting the full experience of what church is meant to do, is it a conscious choice that your making or just habit? Church is a gathering place where you can meet and bond with fellow Christians and experience Christ through worship and the spoken word of God, but it is more importantly a personal experience. It’s a time for you and God to become closer. It’s a time for you to discover what kind of person you want to be in Christ.
Think about it, you are there in God’s house to hear God’s word with people who believe the same thing you do. What an incredible gift that is. “In the bible it says where 2 or more are gathered in my name, I am with them” (Matthew 18:20), this means whenever we’re gathered with other Christ followers God is with us, God himself. I feel that church is just a safe place where you can experience spiritual growth with fellow believers to encourage you and keep you accountable. Through the good times and through the bad, through the dry spells and the surges of growth, your church family truly does become a family, and I personally find delight in that. So many different generations in one building guiding one another to God; having people like that to keep you accountable is such an amazing blessing.
My favorite part of Church is worship, there is nothing more personal than stretching out your hands saying “God, save me, I have sinned, but you love me anyway and take me as I am”. Giving yourself to God is such a beautiful experience to have especially in church, because you are surrounded by everyone, but each and every person is having their own individual transformation in Christ at the same moment you are. Amazing! In Psalm 100, it says “come into his presence singing!” He loves to hear our worship to Him and there is no better place then his own home.
Let’s not forget why we all mainly go to church, for the beautiful word directly from God himself but let’s be real here, most of what is written in the bible is very hard to understand unless you study the bible very often (which I highly recommend), or studied theology in college, that’s where pastors come in. We need that interpretation of God’s word so we can implement it better in our daily lives. We need structure in our lives and a map on how to guide ourselves through our relationship with God and pastors provide that.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom… (Colossians 3:16)
Spending time in the word is the most important thing we can do to strengthen our relationship with our Savior and that included at church.
Personally I look forward to church every week, I love being in the presence of Christ and fellow Christians. Although, it may feel like an obligation it should be something we look forward to and enjoy. The ability to spend time with our Lord in His house learning more and more about Him is just gift and we should treasure it always. Hebrews 10:25 says:
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Next time you go to church look around and take a moment to just bask in the blessing that church is and the gift that we can meet and praise our Lord and Savior in public without shame. The gift that we can reach up and praise the one who died for our sins. The fact that we can be surrounded by people who have chosen the same path and deal with the same struggles and joys that we do. The fact that we can call the God of Wonders, the King of Kings, the creator of ALL… our father. Just think about it, pretty great right?