What A Man Says
We recently invited longtime friends over for dinner and boy did it get loud. We started quiet and docile enough, but it ended with me moon walking away from the dinner table, with my hands waving in the air, blurting out butchered scripture references. It was the most fun I have had in awhile.
That dinner was a spring to my soul. Recently we decided to step away from our church that we had been attending for fifteen or so years. It was a really hard decision to make. Firstly, because there was no big offense or doctrinal difference, and secondly because of the relationships we built. During this whole COVID pandemic our church was closed like many and we got into the routine of sleeping in. The more we slept in, the more we liked it. Not having to wake early and yell at the kids to get ready was really nice. At first we missed the people but as the pandemic went on and we saw the people less and less, we started to not care as much about seeing them. Not that we didn’t like them anymore but that we no longer were missing them.
As the restrictions were lifted, various churches in the area started opening up, some sooner than others. So we ventured to some others that we were familiar with. In the past three weeks we have been to three different churches and I am having the time of my life. We have been to Pentecostal churches and very conservative churches. We went to the young, hip churches and the old traditional churches. The more I travel, the more joy I have in my fellowship. We see old acquaintances and make new ones. I see God’s hands and feet doing different dances and movements and I get to see a clearer image of the work the Lord is doing.
I thought, during the lockdown, briefly about not going back to church. Quickly the Spirit corrected me, revealing to me what disaster spiritually that would be. Bringing the scripture in Hebrews to mind, “Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another and all the more as you see the day drawing near”. (Hebrews 10:25, KJV)
That encouragement of one another goes both ways. Before the lockdown I went to church, to do Sunday school, to do kids church, to do communion but now that I have stepped down from my obligations I get to go to church to fellowship. So often we can become ‘Martha’ (Luke 10) and miss out on the whole meaning of the gathering.
God was not giving us a commandment to follow when He said, “Come now and let us reason together (Isaiah 1:18).” He was inviting us to a party.