This past Sunday sitting in church it occurred to me that my church is home to me. Well, ok, it’s second behind my actual real-life own home.
It’s a place where I feel completely at home with God. I worship there. I connect with other people there. It’s a place where I can be sure that when someone asks me how I am they really want to know the answer. My kids learn about God there – in a way that is meaningful and exciting to them. It’s a place where I am challenged to become more like Christ – and I am held accountable. I know if I need help – physical or spiritual – I can find it there. There are people there who love me and my family – and who have shown that love countless times by providing meals, help, and prayers.
Now I know that church is not about serving me – it’s not about finding the place that does the most for me. In fact, at it’s best a church should be a place where I can find opportunities to do God’s work. But in real life, it’s also a place where I can learn and grow as well, in community with others who believe in Christ like I do.
So my tip for today for those of you who don’t have a church home, or don’t feel “at home” at your church… find a home. If your church doesn’t teach the Bible in way that you understand, find one that does. If your church doesn’t have a children’s program that kids love, find one that does. If you don’t walk in the doors and find people there who know and love you, find a place where you can.
There are plenty of great Bible-teaching churches out there… so if you don’t walk in the doors of your church and feel at home, find a church where you can.