Did you know that there are two kinds of Christians? Those who want to go to church, and those who have to go to church. Can you see what I’m saying?
I welcome both kinds of people, but only those who truly want to go to church will experience the full benefits of what God is attempting to do in and through their lives.
In our church, we have three services a week. When I mention that, some people gasp in disbelief. Isn’t one service enough? Three times a week—isn’t that a bit extreme? But if you were to ask most of the people in my church, they would tell you they can hardly wait to get to church. In fact, they would come if there were five services a week!
They love church—because they love the Lord. The Lord is their life. They enjoy their fellowship with God. It is not that they have to come, because they don’t. We live in a free country. Church attendance at all services is not required for membership. No church leaders bug them about whether they are going to come or not. But there is such an excitement, a vibrancy, and a joy in the fellowship of God’s people that they can’t stay away.
The truth is, we shouldn’t just want the bare minimum with God, but an overflowing measure of His grace poured into our lives. His riches are inexhaustible. His wisdom: far above that of man. His peace: above all human understanding.
Ask yourself, Do I love to go to church, or do I dread it? Then ask, Do I want more of God or just the minimum?
Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a dying man. — D.L. Moody
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder