I love Sundays. Growing up in a single-parent home my mom always tried to make Sundays special for us. No sleeping in for us though! We had to be up early in the morning, dressed in our Sunday best, ready for the service at the local Anglican church. One of my favourite memories was coming home from church to a mutton stew prepared in the slow cooker.
Are you still trying to figure out what you will be up to this Sunday? Have you considered:
Going to church.
Every Sunday millions of people go to church, for varying reasons. Some out of guilt, others to enjoy the music and even the company. I believe that the church is the place where people are meant to come and learn the truth of who God is and find relationship with Him and other people. The special thing about church is not the building but the fact that these are a group of people who radically love God and people:
“One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organization do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team. The first requisite is life, always.” AW Tozer
For those of who who are already committed to a church, invite a friend. If you would like to join a life-giving church but have no idea where you can find one, check out this church directory and find a church in a city in your city or country!
Opening your heart.
From the time that you enter those doors today, decide that you are going to open your heart to whatever it is that God wants to say to you. This does not mean you have to turn off your mind. Engage with the words of the sermon, think critically, apply the stuff to your own life, today. Do not just go just so that you can tick a box off. And do not let your past bad experiences hinder you from opening your heart today, which is a new day. Talk to someone you have not met, break out of your comfort zone, you might meet someone really cool!
A lot of us think that to be accepted by God we need to put on our Sunday best and be something we are not. That simply is not true. Be real today at church. Do not smile when all you want to do is break down and cry, lift up your hands if you feel like it. Clap, jump up and down. Sit down. Talk like you usually talk. Be loud if you want to or be quiet. The church is the place where you should feel free to be yourself, completely. A place where you can be open about all the the things that are great about you and the stuff you are ashamed about. It is time to stop playing church and start being the church, we are not perfect people:
“The church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.” Tim Keller
Jesus said something about how he came for the sick and not those who are well. We are all in need of spiritual healing, this is what Jesus gives. If you consider yourself to the worst of the worst then when you step into a church you should feel completely at home in a church!
The church is the place you have been looking for if you want real relationship and meaningful growth in your life. The body of Christ is the body you have always wanted!
Thanks for reading.