Which one of these conditions best describes your “church” experience?
You take our Bible to church. Sit next to folks you don’t know. Smile. Try to look in control. Look at your watch. Feel uninspired. Don’t engage. Don’t participate. Nod approval during the sermon. Shake some hands. Flee the church at 12 sharp to beat the church crowd to the restaurant.
Feeling obligated to be in church. Seldom, if ever, say no. Sing the same tired hymns. Stuck on the parking team, while your gifts are singing and exhortation. Serving out of your own strength far too long. Not inspired by the pastor’s sermons. Wondering if things would be better at another church.
You come to church, but your disobedience haunts you. Keeps you awake nights. You live in shame and embarrassment. Alienated and alone. No one understands you. You can’t tell anyone, especially at church. You’ve been disappointed and betrayed. Life is not supposed to hurt like this. You don’t believe Jesus can help someone like you; so you turn to the world for comfort, happiness and affirmation.
You worship Almighty God because you love Him and want to bring Him glory. You serve in your gifts with joy, not out of obligation or someone else’s expectations. You encourage others and allow them to encourage and bless you. You fellowship sincerely with your brothers and sisters in Christ. You allow God to speak His Truth to you through His word and the message. You leave with a renewed and refreshed spirit and a joy and desire to share what God has done in you with others.