I have often heard people say about themselves, “I’m not very religious.” To which I respond, “neither am I.” They are always shocked by my answer – knowing I go to church. You don’t have to be a Christian to go to church nor does going to church make you a Christian…simply going to church is just religion.
Religion is about well-intentioned efforts to please God and even though I live my life to please God – it’s not out of requirement but relationship. In the same way, I don’t share my life with my husband out of requirement to fulfil my marriage vows; I share my life because we have a healthy relationship and I want to.
Some people come to church because of the music, some people leave because of the music! Some people come to church because of the strong sense of community. It doesn’t matter the reason why you come to church – but eventually you will leave if it becomes out of requirement instead of relationship.
I go to church because I love Jesus and I love his church! I totally believe in the Church that presents Jesus to everyone, accepts everyone as they are and brings out the best in people by connecting them to a community of grace. Church is a place to find purpose and a hope that you can not find anywhere else in the world. Jesus willingly died in our place so that we can live life both now and in eternity.
Church is an environment where my family and I can thrive. Our church is Bible-based and teaches practically how to live lives the way the Bible teaches us to. This is actually not all about rules and regulations – but it’s about Godly wisdom that enriches our lives and helps us to live life to the full!
Just like great parents who want the best for their kids, God has given us safe boundaries in which to live our lives. Children will often complain about the boundaries set because they don’t realise it’s out of love and it’s the same way God has set parameters for our lives. Life God’s way is actually not restrictive like people think – but it’s the biggest and best way to live life! A life lived reaching out to others and loving people like you love yourself.
If it’s religion – it’s a lot of hard work. Why don’t you try a relationship with Jesus – it’s awesome! See you at Church this Sunday!