Those who know me well know that I struggle hard to be the person God wants me to be. Indeed, I imagine God finds me to be quite a challenge!! I will also be the first to tell you that too, too many times I fail and do not even come close to attaining the attitudes and character traits I long to have in order to be an effective witness of God’s love to others. Jealousy, pride, anger, and other selfish traits, appearing too often in my speech and my actions, negate the effectiveness of my witness. Nevertheless, to quote a graph I really intended to cross stitch when I bought it, but didn't: “I am a work in progress. God isn't finished with me yet.” Clumsy clod that I am, God can still use me if I will let Him.
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Of course, my most important reason for going to church, and your most important reason for going to church too, is to worship God. While I would like to make worshiping God the preacher’s responsibility, and not my own, if I am truly and brutally honest with myself, worshiping God, regardless of what I’d like to think and insist, is solely, without question, my own responsibility. Yes, I am called to worship God continuously, where ever I am, but once a week, for an hour or so, I enjoy moving out of my house and going to the church where the atmosphere is a little more reverent than that in my den.
Selfish that I am, I must constantly remind myself that worship is not about me—it is about God, a God who loved me enough to sacrifice His dearly beloved Son so His blood could wash my soul whiter than snow, thereby insuring that I may someday enter into His Holy Presence.
Writer Walter Wink, says “To worship is to remember who owns the house.” My church is God’s house; we are the body of Christ; our congregation belongs to God, and we bother going to church because we feel the need to worship God with our church family. Please know that my heart rejoices when I am with my brothers and sisters in Christ and am able to worship with them on Sunday mornings. Peace and blessings to each one of you.