Growing up in a pastor’s home, I was certainly raised to believe that church was a necessity in the life of every Christian. I’ve said this before but it bears repeating, I was there EVERY time the doors were opened. If it was Sunday, Wednesday, or revival was under way, our place was in church… NO QUESTIONS ASKED. As a child, it seemed to sometimes be over the top but now, looking back, I’m extremely thankful for that type of raising. Too many consider church an option which is a foreign mentality to me.
Of course, with that type of up-bringing, I sometimes would be the target of criticism from others my age. You need to understand this… EVERYTHING else came second to church and I do mean EVERYTHING. If there was something scheduled for school on Sunday evening, Wednesday or during revival, I didn’t make it. Other kids who weren’t raised to revere church like we were didn’t understand why it was such a “Big deal”. More than once I’ve heard somebody say, “You don’t have to got to church to be a Christian”.
Well, I’d like to set the record straight on that, if I may. The above is a true statement. You do not have to go to church to be a Christian. As a matter of fact, I believe there will be a ton of folks with perfect attendance pens on their lapel to whom God will say, “Depart from me”. In order to be a Christian, the Bible says… “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved”. (Romans 10:9) That’s what it takes to be a Christian and that’s all it takes.
Now, with that said… You don’t have to go to church to be a Christian but if you are a Christian you’ll want to go to church! When you believe on the Lord, He comes in to take up residence. When that takes place, He begins to change you. Your desires begin to change and your appetite for the things of God begins to grow.
If you find yourself regularly looking for a reason not to be in church or you have no desire to spend time with God’s people, I’d have to question your salvation. The word of God instructs us to, not only go to church but to look forward to the opportunity with an eager excitement!
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. Hebrews 10:25
Those who made up the early church understood the essential part that church played in their lives as Christians…
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:42
You might think church is old-fashioned and you’re right. God is too. I saw a billboard the other day that was an advertisement for a church that said, “For people who don’t like church”! God help this generation that seeks to disguise what our precious Lord gave His life to establish! My friend, I make no apologies for church and that I need to go. I not only need it, I love it.
If you are a Christian whose allowed yourself to get out of the habit of going to church, I would challenge you to examine your life. Are you growing? Is your relationship with the Lord stale? Do you feel that your life is void of blessing? If so, your lack of commitment to the Lord and His church could very well be the culprit.
So, today is Monday and Wednesday’s coming… Put it on the calendar! Call somebody and tell them to come along with you! I believe the Lord will bless your decision.