God is our solid rock and not our shifting sand. After prayer tonight about what to write (this book has me doing that a lot … I’m thinking the next couple will also, fair warning) I got to thinking about why people go to church. Let’s see if any of these reasons ring true with you:
- My parents make me.
- My parents made me and I feel guilty now if I don’t.
- My spouse expects it.
- I’ve always done it.
- God will hate me if I do.
- I go, on the important days like Easter and Christmas.
- I don’t believe in formal religion, God is where I am so …
Our God is a relational God. He has shown us that by his relationship with Adam, Eve and their children. With Noah, Moses, and Aaron. He gave us each other so we would not be alone,
- He [God] invites us into His home.
- He invites us so He can give us His attention.
- He does not was us to visit Him because someone else expects us to.
- He does not was us to visit Him because we fear Him.
- He does not was us to visit Him because we don’t know what else to do.
- He invites us to relate with Him; to talk with Him–to listen to Him; to lean on Him and to celebrate with Him.
The next time you are in church and find yourself not listening to the service or noticing all the crying children wishing their parents would use the nursery or be annoyed because the PowerPoint or music or presentation has mistakes or not liking the coffee being served or that everyone else got to the donuts first or wondering when the sermon will be done because you are bored or restless or have errands to do stop and ask yourself, why am I here? And if the answer is to worship God, then ask yourself why you are not doing so.