Church was not the place for him.
Reference: “Three times a year Solomon sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings on the altar he had built for the Lord, burning incense before the Lord along with them, and so fulfilled the temple obligations.” 1 Kings 9:25 NIV
Explore: I was recently working with a colleague on a new project. We hadn’t worked much together before so while we were completing our tasks we were also getting to know each other.
Our conversation got onto church and he mentioned he was surprised I was currently attending a Pentecostal church. From previous interactions we’d had, and the type of sense of humour I have, I could understand his point.
When it came to his own style of worship he was honest in revealing he had a faith, but that church was not the place for him. In fact, he had been heavily involved in a significant youth worship ministry and yet now found himself completely removed from any form of corporate worship at all.
Application: We did not have the time, or were in the right place, to go into the details of why my colleague left the church but I do know he is not alone. Thousands of people, every year, leave the church because they find it irrelevant to their every day life and beliefs.
I’ve been in many different churches – from the conservative to the liberal, the solemn to the exuberant. And believe it or not, I’ve never found a perfect church!! I bet that didn’t shock you too much.
What I have found, though, is that through all the ups and downs of my life the regular attendance of church has made a significant difference. It’s not just the community of believers that I’m standing with, but its intentionally opening myself up to hear from God at least once a week.
Sure, it would be great if I made time to do that every single day. But when my life gets busy and I struggle with life’s questions, it is the time I take to stand before God, vulnerable and listening.
1 Kings speaks of Solomon participating in regular temple rituals. If anyone was excused from coming to church surely it would be the guy who built it! But even Solomon, in all his splendor and for all he was worth, prioritized his faith rituals.
And if one of the wisest men in the Bible did that, maybe we should take a page out of his book too.
Prayer: Lord, it’s so easy to let our own opinion, pride or busyness get in the way of our spiritual expression. Forgive us when we are undisciplined and fall short of all we can do to worship You. Amen.
What is a regular worship commitment you have?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.