I thought about church today….
But then I remembered that one time that I went to that one church…there was that one person or group…
I was going to go to church today….
But…then I thought about how I heard the Pastor of that church wasn’t the holiest person, and is not doing right, and you know, who is he to tell me how to live for God, if he can’t get right himself….
I was going to go to church today…
But I was tired –
I didn’t have the right clothes –
They’re just going to judge me anyway –
They’re all just hypocrites (the most used) –
I was going to go but – I can just worship in my own home….
Do any of these sound familiar? Do you ever wonder why church? Like honestly, what is the purpose?
TO GET FED!
1 Peter 2:2-5:
The majority of these excuses are tricks of the devil to keep you from going to church, fellowshipping, gaining the word, and growing in Christ. Of course you can do things alone but why would you if there is no purpose?
Think of it like going to the gym. Your doing things necessary to get spiritually “swole” (big on top)…but you’re skipping leg day. You’re not going to church, so your foundation is small and weaker than it should be. You’re skipping church day.
Side-note: Of course there are hypocrites (they are EVERYWHERE), but God knows who they are and they have no Heaven nor Hell to put you in…that’s God’s thing. So don’t use that as an excuse. It’s silly.
Anyhow, while at church last Sunday my Pastor said something that stuck with me, “The church is full of hurt people”
Just think about that –
A church full of hurt people. The church is a hospital for those who need healing. And yes, even Pastors need healing. If God is the ultimate healer, NOT the Pastor or Deacons or Choir or those people you thought were judging you…(see where I am going?) why not go to where He is? Remember “Where two or three are gathered there in the midst shall He be”?
Another way to look at it is:
If you are hurting and spiritually bleeding out (from all those Spiritual Battles) why are you avoiding the ER because you are afraid of the other people being treated? Do you have all the necessary instruments at your house? Probably not.
That is not to say that you can never watch Joel Osteen or T.D. Jakes at home, they’re good for a quick pick me up. But try not to make it a run to habit, full of excuses as to why you cannot fellowship with the body of Christ.
Hebrews 10:24-25 tells us:
So why are we running away from church instead of to it?
Hurt people.. hurt people, and there are a lot of hurt people at church. However, we should not use them as an excuse for not going. We are told that “Everyone that calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. (Romans 10:13)” Which is so true. However, we cannot forget that it also tells us:
And since most preachers are found in church wouldn’t it make since to go? You do not have to join the first church you happen upon. You can try out many churches if you like. No one can fault you for it. Let the Holy Spirit lead you.
Do NOT let the devil stop you from going.
Your blessing is there! Your healing is there! Your increase is there!
Those people you “felt” were judging you may have been or they may have had a crappy morning, or they just may be people that are hurting and don’t know they are hurting you. Who knows, but honestly if God is working on them (He is) and God is working on you (He is):
“I am sure that God Who began the good work in you will keep on working in you until the day Jesus Christ comes again.” (Philippians 1:6)
Then there is nothing to worry about and you should sit back, lift your hands, and enjoy the service. Don’t go to service for the people, the outfits, or the pastor (they are great, but they can’t help you in the long rum…Jesus can though). There is a lot to learn and experience at church that you just can’t learn via TV.
Proverbs 11:14 –
So go for the Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the God, the Word, and the fellowship (kinda in that order). Prayerfully the Preacher/Pastor is doing the right thing and living how God has set forward, however, don’t hold them to some strange pedestal or use them as an excuse for not attending. There is more than one church and more than one Pastor. However, there is one God and He IS PERFECT so as long as He is there then there is no worries.
Just PRAY for the Pastor, deacons and leaders in the church because they are human and therefore fallible. Keep them uplifted.
Don’t miss your blessing and healing trying to be stubborn and thinking you could do it on your own. We are considered the Body of Christ, and I don’t know of a body that doesn’t work together. If it does it’s a broken body.
I don’t know why you may not go or if you do go, and honestly I sometimes miss a service or Bible study (I’m not perfect by a long shot, please don’t believe that I am).
I just ask, please don’t let it become a habit….it’s not worth it.