A lot of people go to churches to find a place that fits their beliefs and views of what a church should be like. They want a church that has good Biblical teaching that feeds them every week. They want worship that is traditional. Or they want worship that is more Spirit filled. They want a comfortable environment. They want to feel welcome. It seems to me that church has turned into a place all about us. We criticize the pastor when we feel like the sermon wasn’t deep enough. Or when we feel like it didn’t meet our needs. We criticize the worship when it failed to evoke a spiritual connection between ourselves and God.
We place the blame on others when it really should be on ourselves. Church is not for us. Church is for others. We are to be accountable for our own relationship with God. That means reading our Bible daily and nurturing our own walk with Christ. Sunday morning shouldn’t be the only time we are fed spiritually. That also means being accountable for own personal worship. Everyone connects to God differently. When it comes to music, some connect through more traditional styles like hymns and others through more upbeat songs.
So just because you didn’t connect to God through a certain song doesn’t mean that someone else didn’t, and could it be that maybe too many people are trying to make “connecting” to God too much about emotions?
Church is about being part of the body of Christ. Immersing yourself into a group of other believers. Serving each other in love and humility. Being a support to each other. Encouraging each other to grow in faith.
It doesn’t matter what it looks like. How it sounds. What kind of people are involved. All that matters is that we are first loving God with everything we have, and secondly which Christ said is equally important, loving our neighbors (or the person sitting next to us in church) as ourselves.
I wonder what church would be like if we came in and asked the person next to us how we could serve them that week and then did it. I wonder what it would be like if we prayed for and with the person sitting in front on us. I wonder what it would be like if we invited the people behind us to dinner.
Let us be reminded of what the early church looked like, “ All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship and to sharing in meals, and to prayer. . . And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity – all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.”