I’m sitting here in my office on Sunday morning. Every Sunday (give or take a few) for the past 5 1/2 years I’ve arrived at our building and prepared for our Sunday morning services. I am the worship leader and kind of emcee the service (if you will). Some (perhaps many) think all I do all week is pick out music and play my guitar. 🙂
As a minister trying to figure out how to awaken people to God in their lives and to live fully devoted to Him, receiving the abundant life He’s promised us, I wonder sometimes… why do people come to church. During our times of singing to God together on Sunday’s I look out at the people and sometimes wish more people would give me a sign they are actually engaging God. I look out and so many people seem like they wish they were somewhere else. As church leaders we have to be careful how our hearts respond because, after all, it’s our job to encourage and equip (and love) these people. Though I have to be honest that sometimes I think “Why are you even here?”
So I pose that question here. Why do you even go to church. It seems like according to some of the things God says in the Bible, that if you don’t really care much about God throughout the week, you might as well be honest about it and skip church. I wouldn’t want to throw a party and have half the people there frowning because they felt obligated to come to my lame party. Do people go to church because they feel they are supposed to? Or because they have to? Because they want to and they just haven’t figured out how to connect with God yet? Because they are honestly seeking and looking for God? Because they think this is a good place to start in getting their life together? Because they genuinely love God and seek every opportunity to join with His people in worship and growing together in maturity and unity?
On the flip side, if people are at church who really don’t want to be there, hey – at least they’re there. I’m grateful that they at least have the opportunity to hear from God and hopefully see Him in the way we love each other.
Why do you go to church? Perhaps it’s a rhetorical question. Perhaps not.