Why do you go to church?
Is it because your spouse makes you go? Is it because you want your children to have good values and morals in life? Is it as a status symbol in the community? Maybe it is because you like the pastor and the worship style, and not to mention, it is a good place to see friends. Or maybe it is because the habit was instilled into you as a child and so you go, but if you miss for whatever reason, it is not a big deal.
On the flip side, why do you not go to church?
Is it because the pastor is boring, and the liturgy is not upbeat enough for you? Is it because you do not like the other people who attend? Or is it because you feel that you do not know anyone else who attends? Maybe you do not attend because you feel you are at a point in your life with no kids and lots of good years left, that you do not need to go to church.
Repent of your sins, every one of you.
We do not go to church because of who else attends, or because of some status it may grant us in the community. We do not attend because the pastor tells good stories, or because the music is to our liking. We do not even attend out of habit.
Nor do we refuse to attend because of who else is in the pews, or because of the pastor or the worship style. We do not even refuse to attend under the guise that we do not know anyone, or that we know people all too well.
The reason you walk in the doors of a church on Sunday morning is because of the one who walked out of the tomb some 2000 years ago. The only thing that matters is that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead.
Any other reason we find to go to church, any reason we find to avoid church, is sin. And sin needs to be repented of.
We gather each and every Lord’s Day for the sole reason that Christ has died, Christ has risen, and Christ will come again.