I personally think there’s something incredible, almost overwhelming, about watching people arrive at church. Dustin and I have started doing bits and pieces more to help around the church, and part of that is arriving early. Last Sunday, I sat in my pew, the same pew I always sit in towards the back, and just watched. I was able to witness so much love and support throughout the 20 minutes that I sat there and it was a good reminder as to why we fell in love with this church. It reminds me why we decided to become members two years ago.
And then came Easter Sunday, an opportunity to sit with our church family and just enjoy a meal and touch base with those you don’t often see. It was a nice, relaxing morning, and once again I was overwhelmed with joy realizing just how much love is present there.
I honestly believe that you don’t have to go to church to be a Christian. Let me repeat that — I honestly believe that you don’t have to go to church to be a Christian. We’ve all heard the saying that the building doesn’t make you a believer and it’s true. Walking into church does not automatically save anyone no matter how badly we may wish it did.
BUT, with all that being said, I think that a good church is crucial for spiritual growth and it can be a saving grace when it comes to hard times. Being a part of a church that you can serve alongside with and build each other up rather than simply attend is something I wish everyone could encounter. It sounds cliché but fellowship is one of the most helpful things when it comes to building a relationship with Christ.
I think we all have this image of life being easier when we become saved. But the Bible doesn’t promise an easy life for Christians. Actually, it promises quite the opposite of an “easy life.” So, when it comes to having people that encourage you, support you, and do life with you, yes, I believe that your spiritual wellbeing will suffer if you don’t have all of the above.
You see, sitting in that church and being surrounded by people who love on your child each week and who want to see you grow, it serves as a nice reminded that life is so much more than me and my all too often petty problems. I was reminded that it takes a village to raise a child, and in the same way it takes a village to foster a life serving Christ. I was reminded that choosing to do life with these people was a decision we made two years ago with good reason, and that we know it’s exactly where God wants us right now.
So, if you haven’t already, I encourage you to find that church. A church where the love radiates and smiles abound and where you feel the Spirit of God. I pray that you find a home, a safe place, in that church. Because when it comes down to it, we all need it.