Joshua 1:9 NASB
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Philippians 3:10 NASB
that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;
For nealy a year now, I have been contemplating attending a small Baptist church a few streets down from my home. The reason for this is because of the onset of anxiety since my home chapel has had a population increase in the past couple of years, and more often than not, I can’t manage the crowds during the meetings.
As much as this has been a difficult decision, one that I’m not taking very lightly, I’m still at my chapel. In short, I’m waiting it out to see if it passes and that I really don’t have to make such an important decision.
Now with that said, I have been wondering just what is it that makes a church “Home”?
Some would say that it’s because of the people, some may say that their children feel welcome there. Others might say that it fits their present needs. But why am I here?
When I walked into my chapel nearly 9 years ago now, I had a few things figured out religiously, but not a whole lot spiritually. I had begun to think that there was more “out there” than meets the eye. I believed God existed, although at the time I hated Him, but there had to be more to life than what I was experiencing and what I’d gone through.
The truth is, unlike more and more people today, I wasn’t looking for a social club where I could get what I wanted, how I wanted it, and the coffee has to be “just right”. I really wanted a place where I belonged and I didn’t find it, rather, it found me.
The reason for church is the worship, praise and adoration of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Acts 2:42 (NASB)
They [The Believers] were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Do you see it? Church isn’t about us! It isn’t about me!
The early church was more focused on Christ than we are today, and if I can pray to replicate one thing from the book of Acts, it would be the devotion to the Lord Jesus that the disciples had then. This is what we’re missing!
Today it’s about a social club, where you either fit in, or you don’t, and it’s everywhere! Why has it come to this? Is it because we’ve been lazy? Did we not see it? How did we let this happen despite the whole of Scripture warning us?
I don’t know about you, but I think it’s all of the above, and I’m just as guilty as any elder, pastor, evangelist…you name the title. If we are all guilty in the eyes of God before accepting Christ as Saviour, than we are just as guilty of getting lax with His Word.
So what do we do? Better yet: What do we STOP doing?
This will look different for each and every gathering, depending on how far away from the pure teaching of the Bible you’ve gotten. I can’t say exactly for each and every place.
What I can recommend today, for you, fellow believer, is to seek the Lord in prayer and His Word. For just a moment of time, think to yourself that you could be wrong, despite all you seem to know about the Bible, God and every other theological thing.
Be willing to put it all on the table and ask the Lord “What must go?” I think you’ll be surprized by what Jesus Christ doesn’t want in your life, as opposed to what you think He does.
Now I wouldn’t be suggesting something I’m not willing to do myself, so this is why I’m hitting deep. We all need a godly reality check quite often, more than we might think.
If you’re willing to go ahead with this, I will be praying for you and your local church gathering, that you and the rest may know that “The Lord, He IS God!”
As for me? I’m staying right where I currently am at with my home chapel. I’m happy there, encouraged there, I’m learning there, and most of all, I have a long way to go there!