I do not know about you but I have the most imaginative mind ever. My head is full of characters I have created and kept alive for one reason or the other over the years. Blame it on the writer in me. The annoying thing about creating characters that live rent free in your head is that they do not usually seek your permission before they start having a group discussion. Most times, they are in their boxes but every now and then, they all come out and think it is a wonderful time to party. Most times, it is never the best time for me, their host. It is usually the times when I am actually trying to concentrate on something. One day, I was seated in Church, trying to focus on being present in Church and as usual, these jobless head creations of mine decided to have a party. I was trying my best to pay attention to what was happening in Church but it seemed like a losing battle. Then, I turned around and realised that some of the people sitting close to me were not in a better condition. Some looked spaced out. Some were constantly on their phone. I mean I use my phones for notes but it is not notes I was seeing o – let me just leave it there lol. Some looked like they were sleeping off. I started wondering if there were actually people that were paying full attention to the sermon. At that point, the Holy Spirit asked me ‘why do people go to church?’ Interesting question. This happened some time back
Last Sunday, the sermon interestingly drifted to this and I was reminded of that question. It would amaze you to know that a lot of people have different reasons for being in church. Some come fishing for husbands and wives. Some come to show off their latest clothes. Some come to merely tick attendance. Some do not really have a choice (ever tried saying no to your mother about going to church? lol ). In essence, there are diverse reasons for why seats get filled up in Church ever Sunday to the overflow but not all of them are right reason.
Psalm 55:14 GNBDK: “We had intimate talks with each other and worshipped together in the Temple.”
Hebrews 10:24-25 NLT: “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near.”
Matthew 18:20 TPT: “For wherever two or three come together in honour of my name, I am right there with them!”
Proverbs 27:17 KJV: “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”
One thing is certain, there is a divine encounter associated with fellowshipping together. The Church is not really the building, the Church is all of us. We make up the body of Christ. When we go to church, we bring those different parts together and ought to learn from one another.
Ephesians 4:11 AMPC: “And His gifts were [varied; He Himself appointed and gave men to us] some to be apostles (special messengers), some prophets (inspired preachers and expounders), some evangelists (preachers of the Gospel, travelling missionaries), some pastors (shepherds of His flock) and teachers. His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), [that they should do] the work of ministering toward building up Christ’s body (the Church).
So, we see that we go to church for an encounter that perfects and full equips us to be the Ministers we are meant to be. You need a constant refill. What am I trying to say? Do not trivialise the gathering of the Saints. When you are in Church, be present! Go to Church to encounter God as He perfects and equips you for the work of continually building up the Church. Nothing else matters but having that divine encounter and you are assured that God is right there (Matthew 18:20).
I am fully aware that I am whooping myself and the characters in my head. But when you know your why, it is easier to quieten the distractions. I know why I go to church. Now the characters in my head will have to take a back seat because I am determined to always have the perfecting and equipping encounter with God when I am in Church. I know why I go to Church now. The question becomes why do you go to church?
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