What Is Your Reason For Going To Church?

June 17

“…they sit before you as my people,
and they hear your words, but they do not do them;
for with their mouth they show much love,
but their hearts pursue their own gain.
Indeed you are to them as a very lovely song
of one who has a pleasant voice
and can play well on an instrument;
for they hear your words …but they do not do them.”
Ezekiel 33:31-32

Why do people go to church?

Some go because they’ve gone to church all their lives – for them it’s a habit. Others go because they want to present themselves as someone who goes to church – for reputation’s sake. Others go because they’ve made friends there and want to see their friends. Some go because their spouse drags them along. Some go so as to be a good example to their children. Others go because they want to hear the sermon, though they have no intention of following through, …for them it’s entertainment.

“These people draw near to me with their mouth,
and honor me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me.”
Matthew 15:8

…Then there is the minority – they go because they want to hear the Word of God so that they can apply it to their lives.

“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, DECEIVING YOURSELVES.”
James 1:22

“Deceiving yourselves?

Yes. You may tell yourself that you’re going with true and good intentions, while the truth may be that you’re really going for one or another of the reasons listed above.

Take some time and examine your heart. If you find your motives to be dishonest, confess that to the Lord and ask for grace to set your heart straight. Do not go to church in deceit. If you can’t go for the right reasons, have the courage to stay home. Don’t live a lie.