The alarm goes on this Sunday morning at 7:00am and immediately we hit the snooze. Then the phone rings and we cancel the call to voice mail. We finally roll out of bed around 8:10am (Amber) and 8:32am for me….church starting at 9:00am. We leave the house at 8:55am and run through the Sonic drive-thru for a quick breakfast. We walk in at 9:07am….stating prior to entering, “It’s okay if we’re late; with a church this size, were definitely not the only late walkers!”
It’s just another day of worship; when we come as we are as sinners and leave….mainly just as we came. Why is that? Lets continue….
We come in to a mediocre crowd all looking half asleep with “worship” music that is passion-less (I’m sorry, just my perception/opinion only). Sitting semi-close in the pew I look around at all the dressed up people. Some looking around (like me), and others playing on their electronic devices. I get it, I’m just as guilty at times doing this! In fact, I’m writing this now as the second service is in session! I did however get inspiration to write this from the first service; the same message the pastor is speaking of now! The sermon was good, it gave insight to me; however did it for everyone else? I’m a deep thinker and the little things I tend to get easily and think about deeper; hence why I’m writing this now. 🙂
Why has church become such a rhetorical, mundane experience that is no more (for most people) than a checked box off their to do list? Where has our mindsets gone as Christians where when we used to enter into the house of The Lord, it was reverend, it was reflective, it was exciting….and now; it’s just another day of activities to do! 😦
Service concludes and we’re dismissed to Sunday School; the next greatest let down in the churches today. However, the attendance of this event each week seems to be good; yet the content expressed of the heart during it lacks a pulse. A group of people sitting in a semi-circle reading questions designed from another person to stimulate our spiritual senses….but typically it doesn’t for more than 30 minutes.
I am only describing the general census on church experiences more than griping or even picking on the church. I am speaking specifically as a passionate Christian, who is also a pastor CRAVING to make Christ’s church an Acts passionate church again! We are His; not our own and we need to be vulnerable towards Him when we are there!
If we are fighting sleepiness in God’s house, what does that truly say about our sincerity to Him when we go?? If we can’t go into His house and give our all to Him, what’s the point? It’s all mockery with a lukewarm attitude! You might read this and say to yourself, “How dare he!? I love The Lord and always come to give my all to Him!” Well, my only response to that is simply this: IF HE WATCHES YOUR EVERY MOMENT OF WORSHIP, WOULD HE BE PLEASED AND FEEL HONORED?
Every Sunday that I prepared to preach it felt like an honor to learn deeper about The Lord and His desires for us. What it really means to follow Him and not just pray a prayer to join the family and then live a life sitting on the comfy spiritual couch! We get fat on the absorption of everyone else’s spiritual work & walk and not use it like we’re CALLED to! Never once did Christ call us to come, sit and get fat on His word as not exercise it!
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Matthew 28:19, 20 NKJV)
He didn’t say, “Go and witness to others and once you do, go chill back out on your couch.” He said, “GO therefore and MAKE disciples of ALL NATIONS…” It’s an everyday, every hour, every breath movement of your soul (which is His) to make disciples. Meaning you not only tell people about Jesus, you model Him for them, everyday, every hour, every breath to ensure His cross is being continually carried by His people.
It doesn’t have to be “Just another Sunday”….it can be an every moment excitement to live a real life of freedom! Freedom we have only by the death of Christ on the cross!! So why wouldn’t you want to enjoy every minute worshipping our Father! When you walk in the doors each Sunday, Wednesday or ANYDAY….you should carry these words from Paul:
Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. (Philippians 2:1-5 NLT)
The SAME attitude of Christ….in His Father’s house….How’s your attitude been lately?