Church: What’s in it for Me?

Some of us are church-goers and some of us are not. For those of us who are church-goers – Why do we go? Why do we give up our Sunday mornings?

Some of us go hoping to be inspired by a really good message. Some of us go desiring to be moved by some great worship music. Some of us go expecting to be entertained by a quick-witted speaker. We all desire something.

But is our desire to receive, correct?

Is it possible, we might have our Sunday mornings backwards?

If we take an objective step back, would we see that some of us approach church as a consumer, expecting to be treated as a satisfied customer?…..

“What does church have to offer me?…What can I get out of it?”

But what if instead of going to church to receive, we went to offer ?

Are we so spiritually dry that on Sunday mornings we have to metaphorically crawl on our hands and knees in the hopes of getting just a drop of water to refresh our souls? Or do we enter our Sunday mornings so satisfied with the Living Water that we can’t help but pour out our already overflowing hearts?

Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water

will flow from within them.”

John 7:38

Do we come to pour out adoration to the One True God who satisfies our souls?

Do we come to pour out hope to the hurting and lonely?

Do we come to pour out Grace? Love? Mercy?…

From our overflowing hearts.

“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away,

our inner self is being renewed day by day.

2 Corinthians 4:16 

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 Reflect & Pray

  • Do you believe that you can experience this kind of “overflow”? Is your heart being renewed day by day through God’s Word?
  • What changes can you make to ensure that you’re consistently sipping on the Living Water and keeping your soul refreshed?
  • Ask God to increase your desire to spend time with Him. Ask Him to help you prioritize your relationship with Him.

If you missed Part 1 of “Why Church?”, you can read it here.


 

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