To Go Or Not To Go?
A few years ago, I served in women’s ministry at a church our family attended for several years. However, I left that church feeling like a wounded puppy. I wallowed around like a victim because of the hurt and pain I endured at the hands of other women. The situation dictated my church attendance. I actually stopped myself from going to church because of the way I was treated.
Isn’t that a silly way to live? My relationship with Jesus Christ wasn’t strong enough at that time to push through whatever pain I felt. I missed out on other godly relationships because I could not get over my pain.
Do you know there are many people in church who will hurt your feelings? Your boss might hurt your feelings tomorrow. Will you quit your job over it? Probably not. Don’t quit the church either. Our relationship with Jesus Christ is not predicated on how someone else treats us. Our faithfulness to attend a Bible-believing church is not dependent on other people.
We live in a fallen world.
I was a leader in a women’s Bible study. Before we got started one morning, a woman said hello to me. I saw her and heard her, however, at the exact same time, one of the other leaders asked me an important question – therefore, I inadvertently ignored the woman who said hello to me. I thought about that woman all week. I could not wait to get back the following week to apologize. When I did apologize she was very grateful.
What if she had spent that week thinking bad thoughts about me? What if she had concluded I was a mean person? What if she had decided that particular church was an unfriendly place – and chose to stay away?
We need to rise above the victim mentality. We all make mistakes. We all hurt others, either knowingly or unknowingly – but it should not stop us from worshiping God on Sunday’s – and throughout the week.
I pray today you rise early and enjoy church. Enjoy God’s presence. Enjoy fellowship with other believers.
Hebrews 10:25 “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”