Today I am doing a blog about "Church". I have thought about this for quite sometime but just didn't know quite how to go about it. There has been so much controversy in churches lately that I have been quite concerned about it. If you go to church, you will know what I am talking about. If you don't go to church then this doesn't pertain to you and you can only guess what I am talking about.
A church is not, what most people believe to be, the building where we worship. The people who gather in the building during a worship service is what makes up the body of the church. We as Christians are to be the example to the rest of the world. I am not saying that we are better because we go to church, but if we go and are born again believers we are to be on the same page with God. This does not always happen and we make mistakes as all people do but we are to get on our knees and ask Gods forgiveness, pick ourselves and let our lights shine forth. Our work should never be done when we are serving God.
In these times there is so much conflict in churches that Satan is dancing in the aisles. Not only do we get bent out of shape because someone picked the wrong carpet but we get upset with how the song service goes and what Pastor said in the pulpit. When Paul went on his missionary journeys, planting churches, he instructed them to unite and be strong in the Lord. We should heed to that same advice today.
If I belong to a body of believers I am expected to be involved with them. This doesn't mean that I can't do other things but if God has a plan for my church, I should support it, not make trouble about it. I am seeing churches all over this area splitting because of this. A church is only as strong as the people who serve in it. If my church is a bible believing church, then I am for what goes on there. I can't complain about something that I have not been a part of. If my church is having a special event, I should be a part of it. I shouldn't take a covered dish, leave and hope that someone else shows up for the party.
In truth, this blog is for me. I am lazy in the things that I do. As I get older, it is sometimes easier to not do everything. Oh, I want to do the fun things, but why do we have to do all of the work too. Our church is very small, everyone has a job, and it mostly is working together. If someone is gone, we miss them. Even in a larger church it takes everyone to make the body complete. It just doesn't seem right if you are not in your usual pew, sitting beside your friends, or if you get upset and quit singing in the choir. Even if your don't have a solo, your voice is what helps make the song complete.
I have to remember this and impress it......We do not go to church to please or serve anyone but God. We are not to notice how everyone else is doing or not doing. That is God's job. Maybe Pastor had a lousy sermon today, but it touched a lot of lives because the alter was full at the invitation. Maybe someone wore rumpled clothes and old shoes. Maybe it is all they have and so what, they are in Gods house and He is looking at their heart not what they are wearing. Can we do less? Are we the ones in charge? Maybe Pastor is not pleasing us. Maybe he is having a problem of his own. There are so many ways that Satan gets into our churches today...and we allow it to happen.
I must not forget.....God is in control. Sin is still sin, no mater what our society has tried to say and Jesus is still the only way to Heaven, and now that I have preached my sermon, I think I shall have a talk with God and go to bed.