There are so many reasons why people go to church. Some like the feeling/warmth they get, some like what they learn, some go there to serve and encourage others. Some say they get refreshed from the weekly services they attend, some are motivated to live more Christianly. Some say they live better and more purposeful lives the next/following week with a clearer, more God-focused perspective. Some look forward to Sunday services when they can feel their passion for God stirred again and understand more about how God wants them to live.
Lets consider these categories of people, and why they go to Church:
- Those who go to church to live more Christianly during the week or to serve others through the church.
- Parents who regard church as a partnership with youth workers and Sunday school teachers to keep their children out of trouble and into the faith.
- Those who go to church to find their future partner or to meet with friends (to network) primarily.
- Those who go to church because they are bored and need to find relief from an otherwise tedious existence.
- Those who go because they need God to fulfill certain material and spiritual needs for them.
There is more to church than all these reasons/motives/explanations. Church is more than a weekly spiritual meal to nourish you for the week ahead, and more than a weekly place to serve others.
It is more than an opportunity to influence kids for Christ, it is more than social opportunities in a Christian atmosphere. It is also more than a spiritual distraction from boredom.
Does it then mean, that people will not go to church if they don’t have the needs mentioned above?
Ask yourself why you go to church.
Is the church, from the human perception and understanding the same as the church in God’s perception?
May be what we call church today might not be church after all.
Think on these things and watch out for more!!!
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I pray that God in His infinite mercy, will grant unto us the spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having our hearts enlightened, that we may know what is the hope to which he has called us, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.