Have you ever wondered about the purpose of going to a church building on Sunday to worship God? With all the technology, we have online messages, online Bible Studies, places to chat with others, prayer apps, Bible apps, and on and on. Why do we need to get up, get dressed, and drive to a building?
Some weekends I don’t attend services. 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. or I’d rather 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.
God desires us to spend time each week in worship and fellowship with other Christians. The Bible tells us to not neglect meeting together with other Christians in Hebrews 10:24-25.
There are many who cannot go to church for whatever reason and they would love to. I admit, there are times I take so many opportunities for granted, like going to church. God doesn’t get upset or punish us if we don’t go to our place of worship but we do miss out on His blessing. He honors our obedience. He wants us to go because He knows the blessing we have in store for us when we do go.
I believe it’s also 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 our attitude of honesty for not going more than our 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 in 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