Why go to church?
Oh! This is a topic with so many perspectives. Even though, those famous Bible verses from Hebrews 10 (KJV) instructs, 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Or to make it perfectly clear, here is the NIV, 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. However, can one say that there really is a bad reason for going to church? After all, if a person is in church, isn’t that where she or he needs to be?
Check this out! We can go to church for whatever reason we like. However, once there, if we do not
have a singular focus in mind, it will do us no good. We must have learning about our Lord and Savior,
so that we can be more like Him on our minds; NOTHING ELSE. Singing is awesome. Playing
instruments is great. Dancing, stomping, clapping, waving, and moaning for God in praise and worship
is worthy. Serving coffee, tea, breakfast, lunch, and dinner to the members is wonderful. Ushering, greeting,
welcoming everyone into the house of worship is commendable. Counting and managing the money and
day-to-day workings is necessary. Keeping the website and other social media up-and-running is productive.
However, if you are coming to church AND keeping just those things in mind while you are there, you are
missing out on the experience of an immortal’s life-span.
If you are in church to learn how to be more Christ-like, then you are preparing for eternity in heaven. That is an immortal’s life-span. As Christians, we believe in John 3:16, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Furthermore, Ecclesiastes 12:7 and 1 Thessalonians 4:14 encourage, Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it… For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. Therefore, death is not the end! (That alone should give one pause.)
So, take a few minutes to consider why you are really going to church. Are you going to be
seen? Are you going because it’s fashionable or popular? Are you going to find a husband or
wife? Are you going to get your bills paid? (Some of us try to make deals with God, “If I
go to church, you’ll take care of the lights!”) Are you going to socialize? Are you going because Mama, Daddy, or the Grandparents went? Are you going because
your parents made you? Are you going because it’s a holiday? Are you going because it’s expected? Are you going because the Bible, Hebrews 10:24-25,
tells you to?
WHY ARE YOU GOING TO CHURCH?
If you honestly cannot answer to learn about God and live a
more Christian life, perhaps, you need to ask God for direction.
This is one perspective. What’s yours?