There are many people who believe they do not have to attend church regularly in order to having a meaningful relationship with God. Let’s explore this idea…
So, why do churches promote attending regularly? To understand, you have to look at the nature of God.
God is all about a relationship with you.
You were created for relationship
God understands the world we live in and how busy and distracting it can be.
Just day to day activities require nearly all our time and focus.
So, God set aside one day a week that He asks that we come into His presence to be refreshed and invigorated.
He knew we were going to need this.
Even God rested from his work on the 7th day of creation.
Have you ever wondered why one of the 10 Commandments is “Remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy”? Exodus 20:8
And why Paul the Apostle of the New Testament church encouraged us not to be a person that does not attend church? (Hebrews 10:25)
Aside from a relationship with Himself, God knew we were going to need each other.
We were not created to be independent, although main-stream society may tell you differently.
We were created for a relationship with God and with one another.
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:12
There is encouragement and strength that is found in being a part of a local church family. Strength to continue walking with Christ when the journey gets difficult.
Although God can, and at times does, show up where He pleases, He has chosen to work through His people, and has promised to be among their numbers when they are gathered in His name (Matthew 18:20).
And although it is a wonderful thing to have God’s Presence upon us as individuals, a greater effect can happen when we gather with other believers who also carry His presence.
This is why miracles, signs and wonders are often found in a setting where believers are gathered together.
When believers come together, having spent time in God’s Presence, and each person brings the presence of God into a room, the supernatural probability for the miraculous increases.
As author Chris Tiegreen puts it, “The Spirit in many is stronger than the Spirit in one.”
And God promises when two or three come together in His name, that He will join us! (Matthew 18:20)
So, we can conclude with this:
God created us with the need for a day to rest in His Presence among other believers
God has given us directions on how to benefit the most from His Presence.
God promises that if we will take a step to grow closer to Him, that He will do the same. (James 4:8)
So, any lack in our pursuit of Him will not give an end result of a meaningful relationship with God.
What could better demonstrate a step in His direction than taking time to come into God’s Presence on a regular basis?
Attending church should never be something we cross off our to-do list.
Attending church should not be drudgery, either.
God WANTS us to delight in Him enough just to spend time with Him.
That’s why He gives us the choice whether to come into His presence or not.
Just remember, it takes two to make a thing go right.
CHALLENGE: Commit to attending a church for the next 30 days.
Then, contact me and tell me how it has changed your life!
We would love to have you join our big family at Amazing Grace Worship Center!