Confession: Every Sunday, I question why I have to go to church.
I, like most other pre-teen boys back then looked forward to Sundays! We lived for Sundays, the best day of the week. Asides from the fact that it’s a day away from school and Saturday chores, bless our innocent hearts, Sunday had nothing to do with God. It’s a day we wear our fancy dress, get snacks in children’s church, then play hard with friends.
But fast forward to just a few years down the line, our one-time best day of the week turns out to be a big burden, a thorn in the flesh, like why will anybody in the name of God rob us of the singular day of the week we have to actually rest, after all, Sunday is supposed to be Sabbath; the day of rest right?
If you are reading this and you attend church service regularly, please, I have a sincere question, “What motivates you to attend?”
Is it out of free will or compulsion? The desperate need for a breakthrough? Or Maybe your parents won’t let you stay back at home, or you belong to a service unit and they will just notice you weren’t in church?
Is Sunday Service attendance “a delight or more of a duty”? Is it the case of “where else will I be on a Sunday morning” or “left to me, I would rather not move an inch”?
I am not here to judge you, lol, far from that, remember what I started the article with?
How in the world could David be so excited about going to the temple? For a King with the whole territory at his feet. I know it’s not because they share freebies in his church, and it wasn’t because he was looking for a babe, otherwise, he won’t say
“Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God” – Psalm 84:10
I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. – Psalm 122:1
How lovely are Your dwelling places, O LORD of hosts! My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the LORD; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God…How blessed are those who dwell in Your house! They are ever praising You. Selah. – Psalm 84:1-2,4
I found the answer.
I believe one major thing that accompanies the profession of faith in Christ is a change of desire, yes, it might not happen all at once, but that popular song, “the things I used to do, I do no more, the Places I used to go, I go no more” becomes a reality gradually.
And believe this applies for church attendance as well. It won’t come conveniently like quitting masturbation or porn addiction or breaking off bad influences, but it is a necessary desire that will grow in our heart. It might parley with picking up new habits as you work on getting over some, church attendance being one of such new habits.
Looking through the bible (New Testament to be specific), every time people decided to follow Jesus, they were joined to the church, every single time.
Then they that gladly received his word were baptised: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. – Act 2:41-42
The decision to follow Jesus is a decision to become His family, which directly implies being joined to other members of the family, the church. And you don’t necessarily like or go along well with all your family members, but the love serves a bond. The same should be for the church.
It won’t come easy or naturally, but the same way we are to “put off” our old ways and take pleasure in the nature and principles of our new life and new Identity, the same way we should delight in being in the presence of God’s people.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. – Col 3:1-2
So, now when i wake up Sunday morning and don’t wanna stand up from by bed, I remember that God is more to me than the whole world, and He takes delight in my fellowship with His people, and His delight is my command, my delight.
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