Church Attendance

A churchgoer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday.

Newspaper opinion section

The letter read as follows:

“I’ve gone to church for 30 years now. In that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them. So, I think I’m wasting my time, and the pastors are wasting their time.”

This started a real controversy in the Letters to the Editor column. It went on for weeks until someone wrote the following clincher:

“I’ve been married for 30 years now. In that time, my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this: They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!”

Quite often, people downplay the importance of church attendance simply because it doesn’t give them the “spiritual high” they’re looking for each and every week.

But church doesn’t exist to make you feel good. It exists to glorify God and to feed the Christian body.

“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”

— Romans 12:4-5

So attend church. Stay in church. Learn and grow with other believers. While you might not remember everything, you can be sure that if you have a willing heart, you’re gradually being transformed into Christ’s likeness.

“Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

— 2 Corinthians 3:17-18

And also remember this: there is no *perfect church*. For the person who’s looking for the perfect church: you won’t find it. It doesn’t exist, and it has never existed.

And if it did, it would no longer be perfect after YOU arrived!

Bully laughing

 

Prayer: Pray that God would give you the resolve to remain connected with other believers when you’re tempted to do life alone.

[adapted from https://www.seniorlivingministries.org]

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