Some weekends I don’t attend services. Oh my! Does that make me a hypocrite? I suppose it does since I profess to be a Christian.
I want to go. So why don’t I? I get lazy. I want to sleep in if the dog woke me up at 2 a.m. I want to enjoy my coffee while sitting outside where it’s quiet and peaceful. I want to fix a late breakfast and spend time with my husband. I can come up with many excuses.
My wants are selfish. God desires us to spend some time each week in worship and fellowship with other Christians. I love to hear a good message that inspires me and helps me to grow in my faith. I especially love the worship music. I love seeing my faith filled, encouraging friends. God doesn’t get upset or punish us if we don’t go to our place of worship. He wants us to go because He knows the blessing we have in store for us when we do go.
I believe it’s about attitude. We can worship Him for the beautiful sights and sounds all around us. We can worship Him any place, any time. He looks at our heart, our attitude.
I think He appreciates my attitude of honesty for not going more than my attitude of going because of duty or obligation. He knows everything anyway. The Psalms are full of honesty. He isn’t a mean Father ready to punish. He only wants what is best for us. He provides guidelines, The Bible, to teach us and help us to live a peaceful, healthy, blessed life.
The next time we miss going to church, we shouldn’t beat ourselves up. We can still worship Him, alone, in a quiet place. Let’s try to get there next time. Our friends miss us and we miss many blessings.
Dear Gracious Father, Thank you for the opportunity and privilege it is to go to church. Some days I can’t get motivated to go and I know you understand. Thank you for your abundant love and grace. In Jesus Name. Amen