Happy Sunday everyone,
I hope you all are having a blessed day. Today’s post has been something that has been placed on my heart for a while now. Sometimes topics come to me sporadically and I have to let the ideas simmer before I make a post.
Let’s dive right in.
There is a lot of terminology for this concept, however, for those of you who don’t know I will explain. The harsh reality of life is that some people who go to church consistently, do not have a relationship with God. As hypocritical as it may sound, there are people who put on a facade. You might see these people being the head of the prayer team, worship leaders, children’s ministry leaders. These individuals may seem to have all “put together.” They may even be so put together that they seemingly judge others who do not fit their interpretation of a Christ follower.
Ironically the gag is on them because, the bible states that Jesus did not come for the whole, he came for the ungodly. There’s a quote that goes
“The church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints,” Abigail Van Buren
This simply means that God would rather us come to church as we are in all of our flaws and imperfections, than be fake an pretend to be perfect.
Another common part of the Church-Goer syndrome, is the double life.
I have seen this way too often, where people in ministry or Christian organizations will act one way in the church or ministry and then proceed to deliberately sin outside of that.
I am not claiming righteousness, but I know the importance of maintaining holiness outside of holy grounds.
This plays a role in the idea of lukewarmness. If you are fervently seeking God in all areas of your life, you will be convicted of sinning outside of church.
At the end of the day, the church is not going to save you. God sees everything, even your deepest darkest secrets. Therefore, try to live a life of integrity. My rule of thumb is, if I will feel guilty about going to church the next morning after doing something, I probably shouldn’t be doing it.
You should ask yourself “Outside of my ministry or Godly organizations, does Jesus know me as a child of God?” Sometimes you have to hold yourself accountable.
Relationship With God
Let’s say you have diagnosed yourself with the Church-Goers Syndrome, but you won’t to actually know God intimately. What’s the next step?
Ask God to come into your heart. Tell him that you repent of all your sins. Pray that he helps you to resist sin and temptation. Then, actively avoid the sin.
Another key part of building a relationship with God is to pray. Prayer is simply talking to God. You can talk to him about everything such as desires, worries, forgiveness, or simply getting through the day. He is a friend, father, and your personal guidance. He wants to get to know you and for you to do the same.
Additionally, reading the bible is key to gaining a relationship with God. In the past, this was an area that I slacked on the most. However, when I began to read my bible daily, I saw a significant difference in my relationship with God. The word is like food for your soul. You wouldn’t intentionally go days without food, why would you go days without feeding your spirit.
One of the reasons why people do not read their bibles is because they find it difficult to interpret and boring. I highly recommend downloading the bible app and picking a devotional that best suits you. This will allow you to have an in-depth interpretation if the word is hard for you to comprehend.
Overall, I hope that you seek a relationship with God, rather than being churchy. At the end of the day, going to church is critical, but it is not going to get you to heaven.
I hope you have a wonderful day.