Best reasons to miss church…


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“It’s too far, it’s too cold, I’m too tired, I want to sleep in…” Those are not very good reasons.  So let me give you some better ones: “God loves me whether I go to church or not…” “My salvation does not come from perfect church attendance, but from Jesus’ life and death on my behalf.” “Church is not a place, it’s people…people I can see later.”  And although I am kidding around a bit – I believe all those reasons are true…  There really ARE good reasons to miss church.  So I’ll never make you feel bad or guilty for missing something…some of you feel guilty anyway – so I go out of my way to make sure you’re not getting that from me.  God really does love you the same whether or not you get up for church on Sunday…honest!  Which is why I want to tell you a little bit about why in the 20 years since I started to know God and first went to a church, I’ve missed church only maybe once…

In fact before I was started doing church-ministry, I’d usually go to at least two worship services in two different churches every Sunday.  I’m not bragging, and this doesn’t make me more spiritual… And actually I might have missed more than just one day of church in 20 years, maybe it was two – but I don’t remember and it was never (and isn’t now) important to me…

Okay if it’s not important, then why am I bringing it up? Because I want you to understand my motivation for this…  I was never a great fit at the churches I was a part of, so it wasn’t really for social reasons…

So why did I go?  Because by an extremely unlikely route, I found out that God was good.  And from time to time He reminded me of His goodness, or showed me something more, or helped me understand…  When God did stuff like that I felt alive.  And where did God tend to speak to me or show His presence?  “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I will be also…”

I go to church to meet Him. It never gets old.  Why would I ever want to risk missing it?  If you were giving away free money – I’d probably get up early and take the subway to go get it…  Why would I do less for free grace?  A free God who gives Himself to anyone who’s willing to receive Him?  Or why would I plan to show up tired or hung over or distracted in some other way?  It’s not because I’m so good…it’s because He’s so good, I don’t want to let one Sunday go to waste…

No, going to church does not make you good. Get that?  That’s absolutely true.  It’s God’s goodness that makes me want go to church… Church isn’t the only way God can speak and bring good things – but it’s the place where He’s promised to come meet us – so that’s where I’ll be.

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