You’d think, based on my blog, I already belonged to a Church. But nope. I haven’t been to Church in years. Before, I thought that Church was kind of like reading the Bible. Great if Christians do it, but not required to gain admittance into Heaven. Technically that’s true. Since Jesus bought us all tickets to Heaven, we need only to approach Him and ask for one.
But, like vitamins and exercise, there are just some things that must be done to enhance the quality of existence. I think Bible reading and Church attendance are the vitamin/exercise equivalent to living a high quality life in Christ.
I’m mentioning this now because I’ve been feeling a nudge to go to Church. It was mild at first, kinda like how you feel when you think there was something you were supposed to do but can’t quite remember what. Then when I think of Church, it’s like a light comes on. So I figured that was my cue to get my butt in a pew.
I prayed. And a few days later, I got a flyer for a local Church that matches my denomination, right down my road, reaching out for people to come visit.
I’ll be going Sunday and I’m really excited. In all my years as a Christian I’ve never been excited to go to Church. Ever. So this is kind of a big deal for me.
I guess you don’t realize the importance of worshiping God with a supportive community until you spend a lot of time alone. Don’t get me wrong, I think one-on-one time with the Lord is invaluable. And certainly better than worshiping Him in a setting you’re not comfortable with.
But there’s a warm fuzzy feeling you get when you surround yourself with good people who want to help you along your spiritual journey rather than alienate, question, or ignore you because of your beliefs.