There are lots of good activities to choose from when deciding what to do with your week. Some of them involve music, spending time with learned people, sharing ideas, educating, building up and encouraging our neighbors. Those are things we do at church. What makes church different, then? Why is it so important to go?
Read Matthew 18:20
Have you ever thought about why we come to church? Do you come because your parents make you come? Maybe you have friends here or you like the songs we sing? Think about it - there are lots of things we do when we come to church that we could do other places. Why do we all need to get together here?
If church is about the people we see here, then why can’t we just all get together for coffee on Sunday morning at a restaurant? If it’s about the verses we read from the Bible, why can’t we read them at home on a regular basis - lots of us do that anyway? If church is about the music and activities we do, how is that different from school or being in band or club?
For one thing, coming to church at least once a week is good for us. Being with other Christian believers in this single place, where we can encourage each other, teach each other and share our common love for Christ, gives us strength for the week ahead and lets God know how much we care about Him and the people around us.
More importantly than what church does for us, though, is what it shows God we are willing to do for Him. We come to His house to prepare ourselves for the work He has for us to do in the coming week. We come to church to show God how important He is in our lives. He has a place in our schedule. He is at the top of our priority list.
There may be lots of things that we like to do at church, that we can do other places, but the reason we come here to do them, is because here - the focus is on God. Not ourselves, not our friends or family, but God. We can go out into the world with the our focus on the right things, knowing we are closely connected to our church family and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for the opportunity to be in church today. Thank you for the way it builds us up and prepares us for the week ahead. Be with us and guide us in all we do. In Your name we pray. Amen.