It’s so much trouble to rise on a Sunday morning, get self [and perhaps family] ready and drive to a building where we spend one or two hours with a group of people [most of whom we will not see again until we visit that building again … maybe next week.] On top of all that, the president of that group [and a few others] seem to always be asking for money in a variety of ways and are too lazy to go out and get a real job. There’s also the guilt thrown at us if we don’t give money, support and participate in the programs, dedicate our valuable time [without pay, of course] to their causes and urge us to make commitments to do all those things. After all, Sunday is the only day of the week one has to lay around and sleep all day!
    So much for the usual banter. Now, what is it really all about? Certainly, when we think about it, the ever present God is with us all the time … we don’t have to go to church to be with God. But do we take time to think about God? Yes, we not only can but we should always be in touch with God … praying, reflecting, meditating, singing (at least in mind) praises to our Creator. But do we take time to communicate with God? There is no doubt that we can do good deeds and charitable works on our own … doing favors for friends, providing funds for someone’s education or medical service, or buy a hungry person a full meal. But how often do we take the time to do so? Indeed we can be deeply religious … loving God, obeying God, praising God, and basking in God’s love and blessings. But where do we go to share those things with others? … Where do we go to give praise and adoration to God in community, to receive God’s sacraments, to learn more about God? Of course, church.
    There are also side benefits. We meet new friends and see old friends. We learn to adjust to the challenges of working with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences. We discover joys that never existed in our reality before. Many have met their long sought lifemate at a church function. In a way you could say that participation in church provides you with a fantastic avocation having unlimited perks!
    As a participant [attendee] we become a recipient of what may be termed a spiritual perpetual motion machine … a machine that produces more than it receives. It’s spoken of in Scripture.

"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30 NKJ)
    However, as one of God’s faithful, the rewards carry with them the responsibility of good stewardship of those gifts of God.

"For everyone to whom much is given, from (them) much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of (them) they will ask the more." (Luke 12:48 NKJ)
by Nathan [July 1996]