July 25, 2017
I recently read what a young mom wrote about her experience when she started skipping church. I want to share it with you:
“When I skip Sunday morning . . .
1. I Miss Uninterrupted Time To Listen For God’s Wisdom
Sunday’s practical teaching translates into Godly wisdom that I can apply in daily life—it is so valuable. Sure, you can hear great teaching in a variety of ways. But listening online is different than listening in the service. I don’t know about you, but when I listen at home, I have a long to-do list. A child that loves attention. A phone that rings. Laundry to fold. I almost never absorb the message in the same way as I do when physically present on Sunday. When I’m in the service, I have uninterrupted time. Time to focus on what God is teaching me and reflect on how He wants me to grow. My child is being cared for, my phone is on silent, and there are no chores. I can focus. I can engage my heart and mind.
2. I Miss The Value Of Worshiping God Through Music With Others
There’s something intangible that happens when we worship God—out loud—with people who share faith in Jesus. Sundays are an irreplaceable opportunity to take a step back from the busy day-to-day and directly praise the God that loves me and is incredibly worthy of my worship. Music roots my heart and mind in the truth of who God is. It remembers and celebrates powerful scripture. It leads me to humble myself before God’s majesty in a way that doesn’t always happen when music is playing in the car or in the background while I do the dishes. Worshiping God through music on Sunday’s—with other people—grounds and fuels my faith. It inspires me to keep worshiping, keep believing, keep serving, keep loving.
3. I Miss The Power And Movement Of The Church
The Church has a mission and purpose. And every believer is part of it. We get to spread the amazing news that Jesus Christ loves you, died to forgive you, and he is alive, bringing new life to all who believe in him.
Imagine this. Your life is a babbling brook. It twists and turns and bubbles and splashes. It’s beautiful. But has little strength. But, what happens when you cross paths with another brook. And another. And another? Something bigger starts to happen. Something one babbling brook can’t do on its own. Momentum happens. Then power happens. Then Niagara Falls happens! (Did you know Niagara Falls generates enough energy to power almost 4 million homes? No babbling brook does that.) Moving in the same God-given direction is POWERFUL. It doesn’t happen when we are disengaged.
I don’t want to miss being part of the power and movement of God’s Church. Plus, if I’m not there, then how can I bring anyone with me? So—I do everything I can to attend a Sunday morning service. Because when I miss a Sunday, I miss way more than I ever thought.”