I LOVE the church. I love Sunday school, family night dinners, Christmas pageants, old hymns and new contemporary songs. I like the fact that I can call the prayer chain and have my name added. I love knowing that I can give an offering at my church that when combined with others it will affect humanity.
When I was a little girl growing up in the late fifties, on Saturday night we prepared for Sunday because it was CHURCH DAY.
We had to make sure our shoes were polished and our Sunday clothes were clean and pressed. Next and most important we had to place our bibles and lesson book on the kitchen table. Another ritual was to put our tithe in the envelopes and carefully check off the boxes that applied.
__ Did you read your bible everyday
__ Did you read your Sunday School Lesson
__ Did you invite someone to church
__ Did you tithe
__ are you staying for Worship
I can remember my pride as I checked each one off and my disappointment when I could not. I promised that I would try harder the coming week.
However, there were times that I checked the box anyway knowing that I hadn’t read my bible every day, but I wondered what my Sunday School teacher would think if she saw an unchecked box? So I checked the box.
I realized later as adult, that this simple weekly exercise was not as much about church records as it was about me. In His wisdom God knew that we would need accountability.
The little envelop served as a reminder of what God expected of me as one of His children who belonged to His church. It was a matter of integrity of the heart. It was between God and me.
Not once as a child did I ever ask my mom on Saturday night, “Are we going to church tomorrow? She would have thought that I had lost my mind. It was Sunday the Lord’s day. It was our lifestyle and not a habit.
My family loved church, and we loved the people of the church. Looking back, I don’t know where I would be without that legacy. I am glad that this same legacy has been passed on my son. He loves the church as much as his mom does and I am so thrilled.
I can’t begin to count the number of sermons I‘ve heard, the prayers I’ve listened to, or how many times I’ve sung Amazing Grace, but I do know the church has provided far more than any other activity I have participated it.
The church was established for Gods people. Throughout the New Testament scriptures you will discover that everywhere the apostles went the first thing they did was to win souls. The very next thing they did was to set up a church.
If you haven’t found a place of worship in your local community, start praying and start visiting. God has a special place for you and your family, a place where you can grow in His spirit, be nurtured by believers, and blessed by His word.
Remember the church is not perfect. If it were, we could not attend. But a good church is filled with people who believe in the promise-that Jesus died for the church and he calls it his bride.
If you haven’t been to church in a while-give it another try. Who knows you may even find out that you’ve become a church girl too.
As for me and my house we will serve the Lord!