So lately I’ve been rummaging around in my head, jumping over hurdles and fighting with myself in the spiritual realm. Where shall I begin!?
There have been a few teething problems with the new location, and the consistancy of the services. The standard has dropped considerably, and there is the lifeless energy of a dying man settling on the congregation. I almost get the feeling that people are still coming to the cinema to enjoy the show.
All of these thoughts have led me to a disgruntled feeling.
But what is church for? Why do we do it? And most importantly, should the quality matter? Is there such a thing as a standard we have to maintain?
I believe we should each give God our best in everything that we do. I believe that church should be good to honour God. But who is the church service for? God doesn’t need it. Its for us. So the only expectations we have for a church service is our own. For some that may be high, it may be slightly lower. In the end the expectation is your own.
But why have an expecation for church? Because many of us, especially those in the western world, take fiath for granted. We turn up to church on a Sunday and call ourselves Christians, yet fail to live our entire lives for God? We complain about how poor church was, or how great the music wasn’t, and fail to live each day for God. Our expectations of the church are such that we want the church to replace our shortcomings as a follower of Christ. We expect the church to provide us with that spiritual stamina we need through for the week, when in all honesty we need to be doing that ourselves.
This is not to let the church off the hook. Instead it is quite the opposite. The church should be providing its people with the support and encouragement and the necessary means in which to live our daily lives for Christ. It should also be a place where people want to come back to and enjoy fellowshipping in God’s presence. For that to happen, it needs to be of a reasonable standard in order to get people excited for God. It shouldn’t need to be an entertainment package that gets people along, as people should be enthused about God, not the great music or lightshow.
A lot of emphasis is then place back on the individual who comes to church. Instead of turning up to watch a show in relaxing cinematic seating, it is up to them to bring that enthusiasm for God, that expectancy to meet Him, and an open heart on which to change. To do that however, they need to be equipped in their daily lives in order to have that fire burning deep inside their soul. May you be encouraged therefore to do this each and every day in your own life, to follow God with all your heart, mind and strength.