Over the years I’ve started this blog, I’ve covered some posts dealing with church, and the body of Christ.
Often times people seem to misunderstand what I am trying to say and become somewhat defensive about why we should go to church. Hebrews 10:25, anyone? 🙂 It’s like no matter what the WHOLE post is trying to say, this is the only issue people want to talk about, missing the whole point. So today, I’m hoping I can try to be clearer in my words of why I talk about church in the way I do.
I shared in my post My Calling | Maybe You Were Like Me that I accepted Christ when I was four years old. By myself, no one led me, and from then on out, I suppose that is how my relationship with Him has been. It wasn’t until I was 12 I experienced feeling the Holy Spirit for the first time, and when I was 13 I wanted to draw closer to the Lord. Talk to Him daily. Understand His word, etc.
Right when this happened, many adults misunderstood me. They couldn’t lead me the way I needed to be led because they were treating me in the manner they thought all teens were at. Every time I tried to discuss most people dismissed me, in fact, they would repeat my own words, and this was frustrating. It was when I prayed to the Lord, “You have to be my Teacher. Man is not enough.” As much as I enjoyed church, and still enjoy, it wasn’t what I wanted and desired, that day God stirred the coals in my heart.
Perhaps this is when God started to open my eyes to issues about the church. The body of believers will never be perfect. Very early on, I was aware of this. I grew extremely passionate and upset when I would talk to God about our personal walk with Him, and how it just seemed like many aspects of this people were lacking. Which led to God showing me my calling is for believers.
Here is what I am NOT saying about the church
We are not to forsake the body of believers-We should talk to the body of believers, NOT only in the church but wherever we can. This community has been a blessing. I enjoy speaking to my friends about God, and I love keeping contact with my church family in Little Rock, and hearing how they are.
Having a bad experience does NOT equate a reason to be against going to church or finding a new one– I have been there, that’s why I shared my Toxic Church Experience. Sometimes people will read my posts on church and it seems we let our pain be justifiable and almost condemning of others and their treatment of us. It’s like we want to rant and, in a soft way, almost lash out and try to find justice in our words against it. I’m sorry. I can’t stop what you take out of my posts of course, but I’m not against church for those reasons. We’re going to get hurt. It’s life. It’s sin. That’s part of it. But Christ calls us to be better. To shake off the dust, and move on.
I am NOT saying others can’t encourage us or help introduce others to Christ- This is covering church in general. When I speak against church, I am not saying we shouldn’t go to church. I’m not saying that people can’t be encouraging or lead others in ministry or in worship. Being together is important.
Here IS what I am saying
People trust the church more than Christ- We like being together. But when it comes to our personal walk with Christ, you know what Jesus spoke of behind closed doors…it can be very meh. We can cling more to others, their teachings, their encouragements, their words, etc than we cling to Christ.
Church does not change people– It’s JESUS CHRIST! Listen, we can be influenced, encouraged, and even desire or be jealous, you heard me, of another’s walk with Christ. BUT WE HAVE TO MAKE AN INDIVIDUAL CONNECTION WITH HIM AND DAILY INTERACTION AND CHANGE FOR OUR LIFE TO CHANGE AND REFLECT HIM! Church is only part of it!
We can nod our head in a pew listening to a preacher, but we nod off before reading scripture or praying at home. We can lift our hands and sing with smiles on our faces at church, but listen to trash outside that goes against everything Jesus Christ stands for. With the same voice, we praise Him with, we curse as well…
We can SAY and PRETEND all we want to those around us. Make everyone think we are with Christ, but He knows when we isolate Him. He knows when we aren’t talking to Him. Talking ABOUT Him and TO Him are two different things.
The body of believers will not be there to intercede for you on Judgement day– But Jesus Christ will. What our relationship with Him is HAS to be stronger than going to church, our ministry, or our connection with other believers.
Everyone is an individual and how church speaks to your heart will be different. I want to make that clear.
We go to church to bond together as a group to worship, learn, pray together and help others. But this is not the same as our individual walk with Him. Like I said, it’s only part of it. We’re supposed to be His bride everywhere we go. So we can go to these outings with Him and the group of believers, but then, we also drive back home with Him. I hope that makes sense.
Whether your church meets weekly, or your church is this blogging community of believers, keep it real with Christ and grow in Him behind closed doors and daily 🙂
Month Scripture (NIV) John 13:07, “Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
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