Does anyone besides me go through seasons when attending church services on a regular basis seem difficult, to say it nicely? If you have not guessed, I am constantly surrounded by numerous faith-believing people, mostly Christian but not all. We have conversations about numerous topics, but I have yet to have a serious discussion about my struggles regarding attending church services on a regular basis. Let’s face it. The faith community can, at times, present their views in ways that come across as extremely judgmental. To someone who studies the Word, these sessions can easily turn into back and forth scripture quoting showdowns. In doing so, we illustrate that we can recite biblical verses but this does not always leave a person motivated to face and deal with a very real issue.
Maybe you can relate to me? I love spending time reading, studying, mediating on, talking about, being bathe in God’s Word. Still, I have learned that I cannot talk about His Word with every faith-based person. (I may blog more about that at a later time.) Because I enjoy this and because I understand the importance of developing a personal relationship with God, I can very easily find a solitary place for this purpose. Because I have a great deal of faith-based friends who are concerned about my spiritual well-being, as I am about theirs, I fellowship regularly (if not daily). I donate (time, talents, and/or financially) to causes that promote His Kingdom, either directly or indirectly. I listen to faith-based music and teachings via multiple vehicles. Still, at this time I find myself believing that God wants me to attend church regularly.
“But why,” I have been asking.
At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. But he said, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea. —Luke 4:42-44
Do you know why you were created? Really, do you know your purpose? I needed to get unapologetically serious about mine. Why? Because people watch. (They want to hear and see good news.)
Contrary to the multi-billion dollar industry that continues to become richer by instilling fear, people really want Love. Via Love, there lives Truth. Via Truth, there lives trust. People want to trust, but many do not think they can trust so they watch. They watch for the lie.
Isn’t it interesting how babies—toddlers—trust you until you show them that you lie? How disturbing to one’s soul that must be? And THIS is why, during this season, I must push through my struggles and attend church services regularly.
It is now, at this time, that I understand the importance of finding a balance between finding solitude and going out amongst the people, even in faith-based places. There is work to be done both in and outside of the sanctuary. May my life preach the good news. After all, this is Kingdom Business.