“Do you come to church to worship, or do you come worshiping to church?”
Years ago I heard someone share that quote and I have always remembered it.
The deeper meaning within it asks if you simply spend an hour or two at a worship gathering on Sunday and then ignore God the rest of the week or if you are living a life of daily connecting with God.
If it is the latter, then you come “worshiping to church” because it’s about a daily lifestyle rather than a short weekly event.
I thought about the idea behind that question a lot after an overseas trip earlier this is year. In my daily life I do connect with God in a variety of ways that include talking with Him and praying throughout the day, telling Him what I’m thankful for, singing worship songs, reading the Bible, praying for other people, and serving others.
But my trip afforded me so many extra hours of “down time” to thoughtfully connect with God.
Listening to hours and hours of worship music and sermons on my iPod while on planes and trains; leaning on Him to sustain my energy levels in the midst of busy travel days; connecting with lots of other followers of Jesus at a conference.
After I returned home and went to church I noticed how much more ready and “primed” I was to jump right into worshiping God, encouraging others, praying for friends with big faith.
I came “worshiping to church” because I had been worshiping so much all day each day throughout the trip that it was easier to connect with God, sense His presence and serve at the church gathering.
So, do you regularly come to church to worship, or do you come worshiping to church?
The point isn’t to be legalistic about it but rather to cultivate a relationship with God that is thriving in daily communion.
That will probably look different for everyone and may look different for you during various seasons of life. But God created us for relationship, with Himself and others.
He enjoys us and wants us to enjoy Him and be in continual communion and communication with Him.
He longs for us to experience the abundant life He came to offer each one of us.
In John 10:10 Jesus says: “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (NASB)
The “they” in this passage is you and me. The word “life” comes from the Greek word zoë, meaning “life, both of physical (present) and of spiritual (particularly future) existence”.
The Greek word for “abundantly” is perissós, meaning “more, greater, excessive, abundant, exceedingly, vehemently.” Also, “all-around excess, beyond what is anticipated, exceeding expectation.”
That’s the kind of life Jesus offers us and wants us to experience with Him, beginning now and going into eternity!
And just a point of clarification…we are the church; you and I as followers of Jesus are the church. In the New Testament “the church” refers to the followers of Jesus rather than a building or a specific service. So, really, we don’t “go to church”.
We are the church and we gather together to worship God. Furthermore, each one of us, everyday, everywhere has the opportunity to bring the love and light of Jesus to each person we interact with.
So…what two things can you do this week to begin connecting more with God on a daily basis?
If you’d like to connect more but aren’t sure how to, take a few minutes to read Three Practical Ways to Remain in Christ.
This week join me in being more intentional about connecting with Jesus, the source of life, and experience more and more that abundant life He offers us. And then share it with others!