Church Is Not About Your Happiness, It Is About God’s

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There’s something weighing heavily on my mind. Since the start of my website until now, I have learned a lot. I adapted and evolved. And sometimes, what I through was correct in the beginning was wrong. When I realize my errors, I admit that I was wrong.

For instance, one of my previous articles bashed fiction. But as I immersed myself into the beauty of fiction, I realize that stories are not a waste of time but a way of life. I’ve even written my first fiction and will write many more in the future.

But the heaviest thing that has been on my mind was my article on how I gave up church. I reviewed the article again and cringe that I wrote what I did. It was all about what I could gain from church, but there was nothing on what God gained.

I reversed my stance since March 2015 and have gone to church quite consistently. There are days that I cannot go, due to scheduling conflicts that are out of my control. During those days, I wish I was at church. But whenever I have a free Sunday, I go to church. I want to go to church. I want to worship God and know more about Him.

Going to church and observing the Sabbath isn’t supposed to be for man, but for God. Sure, it is a day of rest and to catch up on chores. But more importantly, it is a day to draw close to God, to make time for the first love in a Christian’s life.

Loving God means sacrificing for God. There is no love without sacrifice. And if the sacrifice is to endure through boring sermons and superficial friendships for a few hours, then it is the sacrifice I will make. Again, those are the worst case scenarios. Sometimes, the sermon rocks. Sometimes, superficial friendships turn into something deep.

But whatever the case may be, go because it pleases God. That reason alone nullifies any and all excuses.

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Comments

  1. It’s interesting to see your change of heart on this topic. I read the article on how you gave up on church and then I prayed for you. I prayed that you would find a place that nourishes your soul and allows you to actually connect with other believers and, most importantly, with God. I don’t necessarily agree that church is for God only. Remember, Hebrews 10:25 says something to the effect of “Don’t neglect meeting together, as some have made a habit, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” In any case, I’m encouraged to see your growth and courage in talking about it here.

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