Sunday, November 11, 2012
Once again my conversation with the gentleman in the laundromat is the catalyst for my post. Another problem he had with the "church" is that it sometimes serves as a place where people are abused and broken down rather built up.
I countered that argument by stating that sometimes we don't go into the house of God seeking God but with our own devilish intentions and motivations and sometimes you get exactly what you are looking for.
We should be going there to seek God instead many of us go there in search of a man/woman, money, and various other material goods. Then act surprised whne we find ourselves just as barren, broken, and lonely as we were the moment we walked through the door. That type of search only leads to sorrow and more emptiness but when we seek to worship God in spirit and in truth he certainly meets us there.
First, we must admit our willingness to worship by declaring, "Here I Am"
This week as you go forth even if it is just to the store sing this song to God and see if there is anything that can stop him from reaching you. And should the Lord bless that you have the opportunity to attend church whether it be through bible study, missionary meeting, or prayer sing this song to him while you are there for he is worthy despite what men say and despite the evil that that they use his name to say and do.
"Exalt ye the Lord our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy." Psalm 99:5
|Sister Leah Dunkley singing during Bible Study at King of Kings and Lord of Lords,|
On this walk with Christ I have met various people with various reasons for not serving God. One of those famous excuses is "You don't have to attend church to be holy/righteous/have a relationship with God..." There is some truth to this statement because my righteousness does not come from my church, but from Jesus Christ. Yet, my service to him is linked to and supported by the church.
Whatever you're into there's a group for it, whether you grow cherry tomatoes or sew sweaters for zebras there is an appointed time in which you get together with other people with like passions and discuss how to become better at what you do, proclaim your love for what you do, and encourage each other to keep doing it, so how could going to church not be a part of cultivating a relationship with Christ.
When we gather together on Sundays that is exactly what we do: discuss how to become better Christians, proclaim our love for Christ, and encourage others to keep on pressing on. This is essential to the believers walk especially at a time like this as Hebrews 10:25 says, "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching".
The church is the foundation of truth. If you have been wronged by a church or church member please don't let man's simplicity, sinful nature, and weak arm of flesh prove to be strong enough to keep you from God. There is nothing like fellowship with your brethren for where two or three are gathered together in the name of Jesus he is in the midst of them (Matthew 18:20) . We have to get together to get it together.
Peace and Blessings from the Most High God Jesus Christ!