Why do Christians not treat church like the sacred place that it is?
I’m not trying to point the finger at others either…I have been guilty of this.
I get it that people are busy. Many of us have jobs. We are parents. We are in clubs. We have chores to do. We have errands to run. I understand that the weekend is, for most people, their down-time, but why should that keep you from church?
I have had several friends miss church and when asked why they say “Oh, I was tired from last night” or “It is my one day to sleep in.” I have even heard someone so bold as to use the excuse “God said Sunday was a day of rest so we decided to rest.” I do not think that is what God had in mind.
Exodus 20:8-11 says
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Six days shalt thou labor and do all they work:
But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou,
Nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy
Stranger that is within thy gates:
For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested on
The seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.”
Hebrews 10:25 says
“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
It is important to go to church. To fellowship with people who are like-minded and have the same beliefs as you. It is important to be spiritually fed by the word, by helping hands, by prayers, by associating with people who genuinely love and care about you-your brothers and sisters in Christ.
You have probably heard it said that “we (Christians) are the body of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 12:27).
We are called to be like Jesus’ body because:
As his arms, we reach out and help others.
As his hands, we feed the sick and give shelter to the wounded.
As his feet, we walk the path of righteousness and show others the way.
As his mouth, we speak good, wholesome words and lead non-believers to Christ.
In order to strengthen our spirit so we can do as we are called to do, we need to be spiritually fed by God’s Word and by our church to grow in Christ.
So no matter if you are tired, stressed, or whatever else may come up in life, get to church. God only asks you for one day a week and it only takes up a few hours. You can go home and nap or do chores afterward.
Can you truly not afford to give God a few hours of your time?