I don’t want to go to Church today.
Sunday mornings make me want to worship the Bed of Divine Comfort instead of pulling myself away to worship the true God.
There. I said it.
I want to stay comfortable. I want to try and hide my sin, deep away. I’d rather come to some sort of peace treaty with it, like if I pretend it isn’t there and it doesn’t cause me to commit one of the “really bad” sins, we can just pretend it isn’t there.
If I acknowledge my sin and proceed down the path of holiness, I will become uncomfortable. But Church reminds me that the treaty will never work because sin wants to make me a slave.
“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” – Galatians 5:1, ESV
But the Church also gives me the hope in reminding me of the extravagant price that God paid for my soul.
So, when you see me at church know that it’s grace, and I’m a sinner just like you. And know that I have struggles a lot bigger than just getting to church on Sundays and I need you to walk alongside me and help me through this life.
Because I can’t do this alone. I need you to encourage me in the area’s God has gifted me and to fill in my weaknesses. I need you to call out the sin in my life and remind me of holy life I am called to.I can’t do this alone. I need you to encourage me in the area’s God has gifted me and to fill in my weaknesses. I need you to call out the sin in my life and remind me of holy life I am called to. #ChurchLife #Christian Click To Tweet
But I’m pretty sure you that too.
So instead of pretending to be trophies in God’s display case of good people, let’s walk into the hospital that is the Church bearing the wounds of spiritual warfare, walking to the only source of healing.
“Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” – Hebrews 10:24-25, ESV
Then, let’s show one another our brokenness and trust in Christ’s ability to make us whole. Let’s love one another deeply and go through our weeks bearing the burdens of our brothers and sisters and sharing ours and knowing, in the ends, that we are one body.
We cannot hide something from our own body. It is not healthy. It is not healing. We must let go and vulnerably embrace our brothers and sisters in Christ.We cannot hide something from our own body. It is not healthy. It is not healing. We must let go and vulnerably embrace our brothers and sisters in Christ. #churchlife Click To Tweet
So no, I’m not a good person and I’m certainly not a good Christian. I can already tell you I want to sleep in when Sunday is here.
But, by God’s Grace, I’ll go to church this Sunday.
I’ll be in the pew, herding you to come alongside me and to help me in this pursuit of holiness, despite my wounds.
God doesn’t command us to meet together, to keep the Sabbath holy, to burden us. It is part of our freedom. It is how we join together to fight the sin in our heart through the Body and Blood of Christ. He has worked on our behalf on the cross and continues to work through us still through His Body, the Church.
Will you join me there? Sunday after Sunday, can we remind ourselves and each other who God is what He has done?