The journey of moving churches
Do you ever wonder why church is important? I did! In fact, there was a point in my life where I questioned if I should even be in church. Scary I know!
I was going through some changes in life and God was calling me to leave my home church. This was a big deal because my whole family goes there. Talk about having some faith over fear. I mean the whole clan. Everyone from the great aunts to my grandparents attended this church and the thing I didn’t understand was why did I have to leave? It was a great church. Why was I supposed to leave and go somewhere else? I struggled with this new path and it definitely increased my prayer life. I was the 5th generation of my family to attend this church and it is all I knew growing up. The people, the music, the programs, it was all very comfortable to me. But as I was growing and digging deeper into God’s word, He showed me that my time at that church was to be put to rest and I needed to go somewhere else. It was time to get uncomfortable and grow. Because let me tell you something my fellow believers, you cannot expect to grow in your faith if you are sitting back admiring the people in the congregations faith and you are just showing up because what others may think. You need to grow. Don’t play church. It is not worth it. It makes a world of difference when you step out in faith and view church in the eyes of God.
So I tried some churches for a while to see what a good fit was for me. The church hopping lasted for about 2 months which was not good because hopping around will hinder your Christian walk as it did mine. Where I went wrong was I started listening to this young man instead of God. This man was telling me church was not important and you can be a Christian and not go to church. So the question of what church do you want me at Lord then turned into the question of why church?
That was a struggle. I did not understand why someone would not want to go to church. Some people may view it as Christians are hypocrites or these people don’t truly love the Lord they only love Him when it is convenient in their life. This may be true, but we are all human. Everyone has been a hypocrite at one point and everyone has sat through church and gone through the motions.
I never stopped going to church, but I questioned God a lot and had Christian mentors praying with me and helping me to see why church is so important. I know now this was Satan trying to put a big road block in my walk with God. He saw a young person on fire for Jesus and someone who was willing to step out in faith. Well Satan doesn’t like that. He will do anything and everything to bring us believers down. The Word tells us that Satan comes like a roaring lion, seeking who he may devour and that He comes to steal, kill and destroy. That is why church is so important. It is a place where we come together as broken, mended believers to encourage one another in our walk with Christ. We all have a past. We all have a story. That is what makes us beautiful. It is when we tear those walls down and become open and honest with each other and with God that we grow in Him. Church is a place where fellowship takes place, praise and worship, and if you truly listen and read your bible it is a place where God will speak to you and open doors.
Once God had revealed the truth to me and I knew I found my new home I wanted to ask that man how can you say you’re a Christian and you love God, but hate the church? The Church is God’s bride. How can you say you love a man but hate his bride? You can’t, if you love the Lord and have a true relationship with Him where you walk and talk with Him daily, you will want to honor Him and church is just a small way of doing that. So many times I think we get church hurt about little things. Little things that don’t matter in the end. Don’t let your pride or hurt get in the way of loving and worshiping the Lord.
When I served on a mission’s trip in Ecuador there was this little boy who said he knew Jesus and loved Him. This little boy lived in a very poor part of the country. A part that didn’t have a church because of expenses. To think that this little boy had a love for Jesus but nowhere to go and grow and be surrounded with fellow believers broke my heart. We Americans take for granted the privilege of having a church on every street. So I encourage you all to find that church that fits you and your family. When you have an amazing church family and relationship with the Lord that continues to grow it keeps you coming back. At least it does for me.
If you are going through a tough time and you don’t think God hears you. Don’t stop asking and praying and pursuing. The devil will put things in our way to test us. God will never tempt us, but will deliver us from those wicked and hard questions. If you have more than you can handle give it to God. He has been waiting for you. Matthew 23:37 says, “Jesus replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and with all your mind.”’
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