Often God puts something on my heart and tells me to share. These are never my most popular posts and quite honestly they don't get much traffic at all. But, if it's on my heart, I believe there's a reason. And, if it touches the soul of only one individual then it's worth it.
Church buildings will be packed this weekend as people gather to celebrate Easter. Want to know something? This makes me mad. Sounds strange, right? Well, it's true. Why aren't these buildings packed every single week? I believe there's a shift in thinking going on right now and it appears that younger generations are seeing less of a need to "go" to church. I totally get this way of thinking, I do. Church isn't a place you "go" it's something you "do." Essentially, YOU are the body of Christ and your actions show others His love.
Let me give you an example. Our new church home has small groups that meet in people's homes once a week or so. The idea behind small groups is to grow deeper relationships with those you worship alongside every week. We've only attended small group once, 2 weeks ago. We were planning to attend last night's gathering but earlier in the day one of our HUGE trees came crashing down and was leaning on our house. It was the craziest thing...no storm, nothing...just a tree snapping in half in the middle of the day for no apparent reason.
Anyway, John and I got busy chopping it and trying to remove as much as possible. He sent a text to the couple hosting small group that night and told them we'd have to miss since we had to get the tree off our house.
Next thing you know, 4 people, whom we've only met once, were in our driveway chopping and lugging around tree branches! They had canceled small group and headed over to help the second they knew we were in need. We were blown away by their actions and so appreciative.
I told Reed, "Quick, get outside...I want you to see church in action." These men were "doing" church. Their selfless, Christ-like actions were exemplifying the call to love others the way God loves us.
So, it may seem like I'm validating the way of thinking that leans towards not "attending" church but actually I'm not. You see, if our family hadn't chosen to walk through the doors of that building and suffered through the weeks of being new and not knowing anyone, we wouldn't have received the blessing that was bestowed on us yesterday. We would have been left to carry the burden of removing that tree by ourselves. There is something to be said about surrounding yourself with a community of like-minded believers. You "go" to church to build that community, then you use those relationships to go forth and "do" church.
If you're one of those people that typically only attends church on Easter and Christmas weekends, I'd like to challenge you to open your heart and your mind to walking through those doors on other weekends as well. Allow yourself to be blessed, you deserve it!
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