A few weeks ago, we were in a small town, in Oklahoma, on a Sunday morning, and there weren’t many people stirring around. There were a couple of gas stations open and one donut shop.
A few days later we were warned not to go to the Walmart in that town on a Sunday morning, because all of the crazies are there at that time, instead of being in church. Now there are a few crazies at church too, I’ve met them, but I’m talking about the ones that make the front page of Facebook as to how they dress when they go to Walmart. Oh come on, you know what I’m talking about, and you have laughed probably harder than I have!
We went to church this past Sunday. Yes, in person, where previously we had attended online. My first time since January of 2020. I said I wouldn’t go back until my toilet paper hoarding pile was used up. (kidding) I got to say, It felt good, to be with others worshiping God. I definitely sensed the presence of God among us, but I must add there were plenty of times I sensed his presence here at home as well.
You see, “going to church” doesn’t save you. Just “going” won’t get you into heaven. You have to accept God’s son, Jesus as the Lord of your life and the one who paid the price for you sins, wrong doing. To my knowledge, God doesn’t take attendance. You go to church to be with others who believe like you do. To be encouraged, and to encourage others. To develop friendships that help each other through life. You know, the ups, as well as the downs. God’s word mentions how he will tell some, who even did great things in his name, “Depart from me. I never knew you.” You can go to church every time the doors are open, but unless it changes your heart and fills you with the love of God, then you are probably taking a seat that could be used by one who is serious, devoted about living for God, a true believer and follower. By someone who will let “love” rule in their life.
One can feel God where ever they are, if they know him, and have a relationship with him. In a way, God got rid of the formal church when his son, Jesus died on the cross. For in that moment, God ripped the veil from top to bottom ever inviting mankind into an intimate relationship with him, for the purification process was taken on by his son.
So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching. Hebrews 10:22-25 (MSG)
The photo was taken inside a “Life Church”. I love their attitude, position, and inventiveness. In the meantime, go to church as much as you go to Walmart, and don’t forget “the bread”.
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