For a majority of people, here in the U.S., the way we live our lives Monday through Saturday is like entering a NASCAR race, or getting on a highway. Its FAST-paced!
And like driving on a busy highway in a major city, most of us are not in the HOV lanes (High Occupancy Vehicles), but rather driving alone.
So, when it comes to Sunday, a growing number of people are choosing to do their “going to church” obligation, but doing so in the same way, they live their lives out Monday through Saturday–they are doing it alone. They turn on their computers and they stream their favorite pastor from the comforts of their living room.
Sure, watching church on tv is a huge blessing for those who have health conditions where going to a physical building is very difficult streaming a church service allows them some kind of spiritual nourishment. However, I want to communicate for anyone healthy enough to get to church—go!
The biggest problem I have in I-Ch_rch discussions is that it is missing “U”.
Church is more than a building. It’s a place of gathering. It’s a place of community.
If you are a person who has acknowledged the fact that Jesus Christ died in your place, and that He took the punishment for your sins, making a way for you to be forgiven and reconciled back to God, then you are a part of the Body of Christ.
Like any healthy body, individual parts of the body ( arms, legs, ears, etc.) don’t survive unless they are connected to the whole. In a similar way, the Church can not function to its potential if its members decide to go solo. It just won’t work.
Going to a building where there is a gathering of like-minded believers is important because:
* you have the opportunity to be an encouragement to others
* others can be an encouragement you
* we can worship our God together (a foretaste of what Heaven will be like)
* we can get together to listen to others teach us, the Word of God
* we can be motivated to function as a team to do good works to exalt God’s name and to bless others
* we have a place to meet together where we can invite others to come and see what our living and loving God is up to
* we, as people are meant for community–we gain personal contentment when we know that others care about us and that we can care for others—-we want to belong!
The Church needs you to be involved.
So, this weekend, get in the HOC (High Occupancy Church) lane and enjoy the ride!