I Don’t Feel Like Going to Church Today
Once, I had packed my dirty clothes to wash when a question from my roommate in the Ladies Hall on Cape Campus transform my stance. She asked, “When will you finish and go to church?” As if I was unsure, I answered ‘…mmm, I don’t feel like going to church today…’ What she told me gave me no option but to abort the washing and hurry off to church. And anytime I’m tempted to feel that I do not want to go church, I reconsider my decision.
I stared at her as she shook her head and uttered these words, I thought they were very harsh but later I came to understand that she was right. She said, “Our going to church should not in any way be determined by our feelings. The moment that set in, it indicates how carnal we are becoming. If we are to understand the importance of believers fellowshipping together, we wouldn’t allow a mere feeling to toy with such joy. Heb. 10:25 admonishes us “not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching”.
“As we gather together, we offer praise and worship to our Maker as a form of gratitude for His goodness, we renew our relationship we have with our Father with our presence in His church and we announce our presence with the life He has blessed His children with. This is like workers appearing before their boss to present their reports. It is a great joy that we gather in God’s presence to have an encounter with Him, to be refreshed and to be strengthened to keep up with our daily activities”.
She ended her statement by stressing that “You only do yourself harm when you allow yourself for a feeling to prevent you from partaking a share of the Lord’s blessing He has ordained for your life on such a day”.
And with that, she was out of the door. I was perplexed with what I seem to miss. From my friend, I learnt that day that our going to church is for our greater good as it keeps us in tune with our Maker and keep us in the faith. I made it a point never to miss church service for anything.