So many people complain that they HAVE to go to church.
I feel so sorry for them as they’ve missed the whole point of church. Personally, I don’t have to go; rather I have the privilege of getting to go! I will admit that I used to hate going to church and I hated that my parents “forced” me to go every Sunday, Sunday night and Wednesday night. it seemed like such a waste of time. However, as I grew older I learned what church actually was and why it was created. Slowly I began to change my tune. I came to know the Founder.
I now gladly go to church to worship God and to be with others of like mind (also called fellowship). Sure, I can (and do) worship God 24/7. But when I’m with the church, we are encouraging each other as we worship God. You see the church is the people not some building. I don’t have to waste my time hanging around with a bunch of strangers who could really care less about me. No, I get to spend time with God’s family; people who all have the same intent – to worship God and, eventually, be with Him for eternity. You see if I don’t want to be with them here, I sure won’t want to be with them for eternity. The church is a family – God’s family! As the apostle Paul said, when one suffers, all suffer; when one rejoices all rejoice. That’s a family! Sure, the people in this family come from different backgrounds and have had different experiences in life, but as the church, they put all their differences aside and unite in love. No, I don’t HAVE to go to church, I GET to go and I consider it a great privilege. And I thank Jesus for that privilege. To think, that He took someone like me, someone so vile and sinful, cleansed me (with His blood no less) and adopted me into His family. It’s utterly awesome!