Don’t be afraid to go to church.
I am always in awe of people who walk into our church for the first time. It takes strength and courage to walk into any church looking for community. For me, having a church that anyone can feel free to walk into, join in worship, and experience God’s presence is essential.
Walking into a church can be challenging because we might not know anyone. We might not know what is to happen, what is expected, how do people behave during the service. We might be concerned about things like “Where is the washroom” “Do I simply go into the sanctuary (the place where the worship service is held)” “Where do I sit?” “How long will the service be?” etc.
Some people go to church because they are so wounded, broken, hurting, feeling lost, empty that they’re looking for God to help them, to be with them, to love and care for them, to heal them. It takes strength to look for help, to seek change, to be vulnerable. I believe that God will never let you down (people will fail you… but the Lord won’t).
While I was reading Tish Harrison Warren’s “Prayer in the Night” I came across this great quote from Rich Mullins….
“I never understood why going to church made you a hypocrite… because nobody goes to church because they’re perfect. If you’ve got it all together, you don’t need to go. You can go jogging with all the other perfect people on Sunday morning. Every time you go to church, you’re confessing to yourself, to your family, to the people you pass on the way there, to the people who will greet you that you don’t have it all together. And that you need their support. You need their direction. You need some accountability; you need some help!”
(Quoted in James Bryan Smith, Rich Mullins: An Arrow Pointing to Heaven. Nashville: B&H, 2002, 30.)
I love the truth of this quote… no one in church is perfect. We are all broken, wounded, sinful. The good news is that God loves us totally, unconditionally, passionately.
I would encourage you, even though it’s hard, do something good for yourself spiritually … attend a church. It’s a great place to meet God, learn more about Him, receive love and support from others who are struggling just as you are.
God loves you and will meet you.
When we seek God, talk to God (pray), God will meet with us.
Matthew’s Gospel chapter 7, verses 7 & 8 records Jesus saying, “7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”