While in church on Sunday we sang the song, "Made to Worship" by Chris Tomlin. It's a great song and I always get a little choked up singing it.
(okay......SO I get choked up singing a lot of songs...I'm an emotional person, what can I say?)
The chorus always gets me and i never really thought deeply about why it does...until today.
Over the summer I have been thinking a lot about why people decide to all of a sudden stop going to church....or even why they stop going to one church and go to another (but that's another post).
Let's face it ...there will always be excuses of why people stop going to church. And I hear A LOT of them. Being a pastor's wife, people sometimes think I am the church police and feel like they need to explain why they weren't at church on Sunday.
and sometimes it bothers me. It bothers me because it's not my job to take roll. Heck...there are times when I don't want to go to church...and GASP! there are even times when I don't go because I need a break from "church".
And actually, I don't think God takes roll either.
Going to church isn't about going because it makes us better people and we know we should go. It's not about wearing cute outfits and getting our cool cups of coffee. Neither is church about getting our fill for the week and getting God's Word ingrained into our hearts.....its about so much more.
These lyrics to me explain why we go to church.....
"You and I were made to worship
You and I are called to love
You and I are forgiven and free
You and I embrace surrender
You and I choose to believe
You and I will see who we were meant to be"
If you believe in God....then you believe he created you. God created humanity to worship Him and to love others.
These lyrics aren't pertaining to "church" but Church CAN (if done the right way) be a great place to do that.
...but it's your choice to go.
it's your choice to worship
It's your choice to love others and be in community with others
No matter how many excuses one gives.....or how big the excuse is.....it's a choice.
I know what I choose....and even on the days I don't wanna...I still choose it.
Because thats where I feel most me.