There’s a big difference between missing a Sunday and drifting from church.
Vacations, travel for work, and kids have travel ball. That’s part of life. But when part of life, turns into a different life, it may be time to re-think your new trend and the possible results.
A long-time friend and volunteer leader in his church had not attended in months. I asked him if something had upset him.
He said, “No, I love my church. We just got busy, started missing here and there, and then, well you know, it was just easier not to go. Oh, and we watch online sometimes.”
We talked for a long time. It was a great conversation.
He concluded by saying, “You know, I really don’t have a good reason for no longer attending church, I just got lazy. My family (they have three kids), and I will start again next week.” And they did.
As human beings, we follow habits and patterns.
When it comes to church, drift leads to distance and distance leads to disconnection.
The point of weekly worship is not attendance; it’s participation in the body of Christ.
Christianity was never designed to be an independent endeavor. God created us to be in relationship with Him and each other. He made us on purpose with a purpose, and we live that out best together.
If you’re not worshipping at your church much these days, I hope this post encourages you to return. There is something special about worship with the body of Christ.
People return to church for a variety of reasons, including a direct prompt from God.
Sometimes they return because of their kids. That’s great! Sometimes it’s because of personal tragedy, that’s always heartbreaking, but I’m still glad they return. It might be a wedding or a funeral. Your church is happy to see you again, but I truly believe your life is more enriched when you regularly participate as part of the body of Christ. If any of the following excuses ring true for you, perhaps this is a good time to return to church.