Daily Devotional – 1/22/15 “Why do you go to church?”

I asked the question of the youth and young adults in bible study on last night “Why do you come to church,” and the answers were honest and uncut. Some said to learn about God, a few said to build their spiritual lives and a few even said because they are made to come. Then they turned the question on me and I too had to say, to build my spiritual life. One of the other adults in the room said that a lot of people come to church because it’s something they are used to doing on Sunday, it’s repetitive and they know nothing else to do on Sunday morning between 10 and 12 yet that’s not what church should be. Like I explained on last night, church is supposed to be the hospital for the sin sick; a place of healing for the Saints after the world has beaten them down all week and a place we ought to be able to come to find solace from a world of burdens. Church, a place of worship, should be the place I can come to on Sunday and find somebody who has been through hell all week just like me and we’ve come with the same agenda; to get our praise on. Yea, our place of worship should be a place where we should be able to come and find no judgment but joy. Our place of worship shouldn’t be where we come to get the latest gossip but where we come to get God’s grace. Our place of worship shouldn’t be filled with the world’s mess yet it should be overflowing with God’s message yet it’s missing.

Something is wrong y’all. The bible says in Hebrews 10:24-25, “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.” See, I should be able to come to church without worrying about whose talking about me. I should be able to come to God’s house and not have to worry about whose seat I’m sitting in. I should be able to come to God’s house and not have to worry about whose wife is looking at me because she worried about her husband looking at me. Girl, close your eyes and pray! Man, bow down at that altar and pray. This is the problem. We don’t pray like we should. We don’t have devotion like we used to anymore. We don’t set the atmosphere in God’s house anymore because we are too busy tweeting, texting and taking selfies. Something is wrong y’all! Why do you come to church? When will we put God back as the head? When will we start inviting him back to worship service, ushering in the spirit and entering into His court with praise? Why exactly do you go to church? And until we answer this question truthfully, we won’t fix the issue that is plaguing our worship services.

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