On “Doing Church”…

I used to “do church” because I was raised in a home where we were there every time the doors opened.
Now I “do church” because I know it opens doors in the hearts of people if they will let it.

I used to “do church” because I love to sing.
Now I “do church” because I love to worship the God who created the gift of song.

I used to “do church” because I figured God would love me more if I served in some capacity.
Now I “do church” because I gain far more from serving than I have ever given away.

I used to “do church” because I was taught that God expects 10% of my money.
Now I “do church” because I have learned that I can never, ever out-give Him, in time, talent or treasure.

I used to “do church” because it was an obligation.
Now I “do church” because my heart needs the encouragement.

I used to “do church” as an add-on luxury to my week.
Now I “do church” because it is oxygen for my soul.

I used to “do church” because it was expected.
Now I “do church” because I expect to meet God there.

Is “doing church” messy?
Definitely.

Is it a sacrifice?
Almost always.

Is it painful at times?
Oh, yes.

Is it commanded in Scripture?
Yes.

Is obedience always worth any pain?
Absolutely.

Is any church perfect?
Nope. Every church is made up of sinners like me.

Is it worth it?
Indescribably so.

I was wired for community because I was created in the image of God.
Who is the Ultimate Community within Himself.
So that community – the local body of Christ – feeds my soul even as it refines me.
Refined by being committed
Refined by serving
Refined by giving
Refined by worshipping together
Refined by fighting for relationship
Refined by refusing to give up
Refined by soul-deep friendships
Refined by not hiding
Refined by loving unconditionally
Refined by your rough edges meeting mine
Refined by sacrifice.

I used to “do church” because I thought God needed me to do it for His sake.
Now I realize I need to “do church” for mine.
It is a gift from the hand of a Loving Father.

Thank You, Abba!

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