Today I’m sitting here reminiscing about this past weekend. Taking 130 junior high kids to West Edmonton Mall was intense…but along with a major lack of sleep and the frustrations of finding missing children when we were supposed to leave…I learned a great deal on the weekend. The lesson was regarding “church”…and the significance of it.
On Saturday afternoon I had the privilege to sit down with a 25 year old former student of mine – I hadn’t seen him in over 10 years! It didn’t take long before our conversation turned to the spiritual. My friend had a lot to say – both good and bad about his journey. The good referred to the relationships he had over the years from people who had invested their lives in his. The bad (sad to say) centered on the church and the lack of relevance in his life – both as a teenager and now as a young adult.
Not growing up in the church and now being on a church staff often this question has come to mind, “What is the big deal about church?
Many students I work with (including my own children) often ask this question; Why do my parents feel the need to drag me out to church every time the church doors are open? My response is and always will be this…”church is important and even though sometimes I don’t show it…I LOVE the church! Why?
Because God loves his church… sure, your church doesn’t get you to Heaven and your church doesn’t magically give you a relationship with God.But let’s not forget that it was God who established the church. He refers to the church as his bride, his body, and his family.
It is in the church where we have the privilege and responsibility to use our special gifts God gave us. It is where we find community. Our faith wasn’t intended to be practiced alone, in dark closets. God is a relational God and he created you and me to be relational.
So when you are tempted to go to Bedside Baptist next weekend…let me encourage you to drag your butt out of bed and go live out your faith with other people. That is what God intended us to do.