I like church as much as the next person. My father figure always says I go to church more than he does and he’s a pastor (which is an over exaggeration). I enjoy getting dressed up for service on Sunday and always look forward to having a good time. For too many believers, though, this is where living begins and ends for them.
I’m of the belief, everyone should have a church home. A place where the Word of God is being taught with sound doctrine to go with it. A place where you feel at home and there are opportunities for fellowship. A place you can serve and be fed at the same time. I’m also of the belief, we are the church so wherever we go, people are able to see those same qualities within us, but we have to be willing to go somewhere. Some of you literally go to work and go to church. That’s it. I know that’s not the life God called me to live and I’m pretty sure He didn’t call you to that kind of living either.
Our worship shouldn’t be limited to Sunday morning service. It should be in the conversations we have, in the thoughts we think towards ourselves and others, in the park, in the car, at the festival, on vacation. You don’t get bonus points for showing up every Sunday. What are you doing the other six days of the week? Is your Sunday worship a reflection of your Friday night, 2am self? Do people see you and see the freedom Christ gives or do they look at you and see the bondage tradition (not religion), has you in?
I am heavily involved in my church. There are weeks I’m at my church 4 or 5 days out of the week. I only miss a handful of Sundays ever year and not too many bible studies. But I am determined to live a life that allows me to experience God outside of the sanctuary and I’m thankful to attend a church that not only preaches this but the members, young and old alike, live by it. Sundays are good, really good. But recognize the good in between your Sundays and live in it.
Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.