What’s the point of dragging your tired self out of bed on your day off just to go to church? What good does it do? Who’s going to notice? Can’t you get just as much out of listening to Jentezen Franklin on TBN?
Though you will get a powerful message from several preachers on TV while sitting in your lounge wear sipping a cup of coffee, that’s not the point.
What you can get from going to church is not the point. We don’t go to church simply for what we can get.
Hebrews 10:25 is the oft quoted scripture for attending church.
“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do.”
That’s the most commonly quoted portion of the text. But the “why”, the answer to our question, is found before and after this command.
“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.” Hebrews 10:24,25
Did you catch that? Did you see why we go to church?
God wants us to go to church to motivate and encourage one another. To inspire the person next to us to acts of love and good works.
We go to church to “get fed” (though we should have a steady diet of the Word at home). We go to church to get prayed for. We go to church to get challenged, motivated and inspired. But this passage is telling us another reason to go church and it’s not for what we can get.
When we don’t go to church, we’re missing the opportunity to encourage someone else. To inspire others to seek the path of love and do something good for another.
The writer of Hebrews is telling us to go to church thinking about how we can help the person in the foyer, the person sitting next to us, the person who catches your eye. Don’t just go to church for what God and others can do for you. Go for what you can do for God and others.
You have something very special to give. No, really. You do. You have a lifetime of experiences. You have knowledge and you have wisdom. Somebody sitting in that church building needs what you have. Your encouragement, motivation and inspiration could be a game-changer in their day and their decisions.
The preacher isn’t the only one in the church who’s there to give. We who sit in the seats have much to give, too.
Next time you go to church, go expecting to give of yourself to your neighbor. Go looking for someone else to encourage. The pastor can only do so much. He or she can talk to only so many people. So take it upon yourself to make sure the people around you feel motivated, encouraged and inspired to do something good. Like you will have just done.
Feature photo by keeva999