Today is Sunday, and I can’t wait to do one thing: Praise God!!
The last time I was in church was last Sunday. We had some work done on Gospel Tabernacle (cheap plug), so Pastor canceled weekly services. This was my first completely free week (Sunday-Sunday) in a very long time. I filled it with gym time and….. gym time. I worked later than my usual this week. I watched TV. I enjoyed my free time, but today I find myself wanting.
Normally, I’m at church everyday except Mondays and some Saturdays. Our schedule of services is as follows:
Sunday School – 9:45 am
Sunday Morning Worship – 11:00 am
Sunday Night Service – 6:30 pm
Wed Night Bible Study/Children’s Hour – 7:00 pm
Thursday Night Choir Rehearsal – 7 pm
Friday Night Prayer – 7 pm
Some would look at this and balk. I embrace it.
There’s something about being in God’s presence that makes the cares of the world disappear. I am able to pray, praise, and recieve my breakthrough. I walk our with a sense of peace knowing God is fighting my battles, and I trust Him. Sunday mornings get me ready for the week. The rest of the services sustain me throughout the week. It’s just like food. My soul needs to be fed just as much as my natural body. Going to hear God’s Word is the sustenance that strengthens me.
Now, I know a lot of people don’t feel that way. They see God as a choice, and church as an extracurricular activity. Some only attend when trouble comes, and they need God to deliver them. Others go on Sunday and you don’t see them again until the next Sunday (maybe). Understanding work schedules can be hectic, I have one question.
How can you only go to church one time a week?
I’m seriously asking because I can’t do it. Even when I feel like staying home I get convicted in my heart. I feel like I’m not making enough effort to show God I love Him. This week was out of my control in terms of attending services. However, I could have done more to seek God. After all we are talking about a relationship. Church is where you nurture that relationship with like-minded believers. It’s akin to your natural relationships. In most cases you don’t see your spouse once a week, and talk to them when you need them most. You’re engaged in a relationship. You want to see them, talk to them, and be in their presence.
How much more should we nurture our relationship with our Heavenly Father?
Matthew 18:3 – And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
I’ll leave you to ponder. I have to get ready for service. It’s Sunday morning!!
Time to go praise the Lord!
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