I’m a Christian! I am a member at church. I attend my church. I work in my church. You might say I’m pretty heavily involved in my church. I like my church. It’s MY CHURCH!
If I’m in town, and we have a service… I’ll be there. It doesn’t matter what’s going on in my life. 99% of the time, I’m there. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been in town and missed a service in the last few years. Not months but years. I need to be in my church, I love going to church. I feel weird when I’m out of town and not in church on a day that I usually am. It’s second nature to me. It’s not optional, it’s not a choice, it’s an integral part of my life.
So when people tell me they go to church and then ask if I go to church, I always assume the go to church like I go to church. Yet I’m continually amazed that most people don’t go to church the way I go to church. They go to church when they want to go to church. They go to church when it fits their schedule, when they’ve got the time.
Now don’t misunderstand, I’m not judging people who don’t go to church the way I go to church. I just find it interesting. You see, as we as covered above… The church I attend is MY CHURCH and because it’s my church, when it’s open I’m there. And yet I meet so many people who have a building that they call their own “My Church” but they don’t ever seem to attend it. Now, I don’t care where you stand on church attendance or church in general. Maybe you’re comfortable going to your church only once a month… Or maybe even less then that. But if you only attend once a month… Is it still your church. Or are you really just a visitor. To me, those people who only attend church on Easter and Christmas, they aren’t really members… They’re visitors! To make something a “My Church”, it means you have to take ownership of it. You have to be a part of it, you have to be involved. You can’t take ownership of something when you never show up! You can’t be a part of something if you never step inside the building. You’ve got to be there to make it yours!
So think on that. Is your church really a “MY CHURCH” in your life or is it just a gathering of people that you visit a few times a year?