Since I’m curious why people quit going to church (one reason is boredom), I also wonder why people still do go to church.*
* (Honestly, I dislike the phrase go to church. If you’re a believer in Jesus, you are the church, so wherever you go, there is the church. Nonetheless, when I say go to church, hopefully you know what I mean...)
Here’s why I still go to church:
7. I get fed there
Not just the potlucks (they’re great, too). But my soul is fed through spiritual conversations with spiritual people talking about spiritual things, i.e. real life.
I need these consistent, truth-filled meals so I can live and love the way God wants me to live and love when I leave there.
6. I am needed there
I learn about people I can help, situations I can pray for, things I can do, skills I can share, both in and outside the church.
I need to share what I’ve been given. I need to exercise selflessness so I won’t get bloated. It honors God, it helps others, and it blesses me.
5. I get my needs met there
I need help, too, in different ways at different times. But always, I need help in fighting the good fight, finishing the race, keeping the faith.
My friends there pray for me; they share truths with me; they encourage me to keep loving God for his glory and my good.
4. I am reminded there
Of who God is. Of how big he is. And of who I am. And how SMALL I am. I need to remember both. Not because it takes me on a guilt trip, but on a grace trip.
I’m reminded I’m so loved that Jesus died on the cross for me. That he defeated death so I’d have life. That I can share him with others who haven’t met him yet.
3. I love there
My friends are there. Everyone who shows up is a potential eternal roommate.
I want to learn to love them now, to listen to their stories, and to help bear their burdens, showing them through me that Jesus loves them.
2. I am loved there
People there know who I am and Who I belong to. When I’m sad, they’re sad with me. Or when I’m happy, they smile, too. When I need forgiveness, they show me grace.
When they wrap their arms around me, I feel God’s arms wrapped around me, too.
1. God is there
I know: God is here, too. But there, I get to see him not only through my eyes, but also through the eyes of others. I experience him in more ways than my own. I learn new ways to worship him and new people to worship him with and new things to worship him for. I share where he’s intersected my life and I hear how he’s been loving on others. I see how he is real, active, and holy.
Still, going to church is not always easy. It takes time. Energy. Emotions. Sometimes I fight against it—I’m too tired or too busy or too down.
But I’ve been given a grace to go. So I show up. And I’m always glad I do. Because God shows up, too.
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What reasons can you add why you go or don’t go to church?