Why go to Church when I am so busy?


Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”
(Jas 4:13-15)

How busy are you? When you find yourself incredibly busy, and don’t have any spare time, you need to take moment and ask yourself who are you busy for? What is your goal that you are this busy? Fore example, if you are always busy doing work, what is your goal? Pleasing your boss? Providing for your family? Avoiding something else in your life? If you are too busy for Church, what are you busy doing? Who are you serving? This is only a problem for people for whom Church is not among the higher priorities. And I don’t anyone should demand that Church be the highest priority. That spot should be reserved for Jesus. But if you don’t have five minutes for Jesus, then you are practicing idolatry, and that is sinful.

Now it is important for Christians to make Church as attractive as possible so people will be drawn to Church, rather than repel them. But is that really the priority of Christians as well? What makes a church attractive isn’t the building, the worship service, or the style of preaching, but the spiritual beauty of the people. People who are winsome, thankful, joyful, and peaceful. I would want to worship with believers who care, who always have time, or will make time for me. It is off-putting to worship with people who are always busy because you feel they never have time for you. What kind of person do you want to attend church with? Then that is the kind of person you need to be. Don’t be so busy that you can’t be with God’s people on Sunday morning.

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I've been in ministry in the Christian Churches/ Churches of Christ for 20+ years. Finished my doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2015. Serve today as a Hospital Chaplain.

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