Make some time for God | Faith | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | July 3, 2016 5:00 am
Last Updated: June 29, 2016 at 12:08 pm
I have heard more than once in my lifetime, “I don’t have to go to church to serve God. I can serve Him from where I am.”
When we go to church, yes, we should enter to worship Him, but the real service to Him does begin after the benediction.
However, God does want us to come together (in church) to worship and to serve Him.
This is verified in Hebrews 10: 24-25: “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (ESV).
Further, Ephesians 4:11-12 states, “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (ESV).
Therefore, the Word tells us as clearly as a crystal bell that as Christians, we are expected to go to church.
According to Thom and Joani Schultz’s book, “Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore,” there are four basic reasons people give for not wanting to attend church based on interviews and research: the church is too judgmental, hypocritical, and irrelevant, and people don’t want to be lectured.
Even so, if we are the Christians that we say we are, we must attend church and then go out to serve God’s people.
If the church with which you are affiliated is not fulfilling your needs to be a witness to others about the love of Jesus Christ, then I suggest that you find one that will.
God doesn’t want us to sit back, find excuses for not attending church, and then expect Him to bless us. It just doesn’t work that way.
Who knows? Your presence in church one Sunday, and something that you may share with the congregation, could lead someone to Christ.
Please don’t miss the opportunity.
Often we take so much time to focus on things not related to serving God, but time is rapidly passing by. Remember to make some time for God, and focus on things eternal.
We must keep our eyes on the prize and don’t get too distracted.
Think about this anonymously written piece, “Words of Wisdom: Isn’t it Strange?”
“Isn’t it strange how a 20 dollar bill seems like such a large amount when you donate it to church, but such a small amount when you go shopping?
“Isn’t it strange how two hours seem so long when you’re at church, and how short they seem when you’re watching a good movie?
“Isn’t it strange that you can’t find a word to say when you’re praying, but you have no trouble thinking what to talk about with a friend?
“Isn’t it strange how difficult and boring it is to read one chapter of the Bible, but how easy it is to read 100 pages of a popular novel?
“Isn’t it strange how many want front-row tickets to concerts or games, but they do whatever is possible to sit at the last row in church?
“Isn’t it strange how we need to know about an event for church 2-3 weeks before the day so we can include it in our agenda, but we can adjust it for other events in the last minute?
“Isn’t it strange how difficult it is to learn a fact about God to share it with others, but how easy it is to gossip?
“Isn’t it strange how we believe everything that magazines and newspapers say, but we question the words in the Bible?”
“Isn’t it strange how everyone wants a place in heaven, but don’t want to believe, do or say anything to get there?
“Isn’t it strange how we send jokes in e-mails, and they are forwarded right away, but when we are going to send messages about God, we think about it twice before we share them with others?
“It’s strange isn’t it?”
Have a wonderfully blessed week, and never leave home without Him!
(Anna Bright is a minister and educator in Walterboro. She can be reached at email@example.com)