Myth #4: “I Don’t Get Anything Out of Church” - 5 Myths That Keep Us From Church

Myth #4: “I Don’t Get Anything Out of Church”

Imagine a hungry teenage boy going to the refrigerator in his home. He opens the door and gazes in at shelves stocked full of milk, fruit, vegetables, and left-over dinner from the previous night. He scans the contents and then groans to no one in particular, “There’s nothing to eat in here!”

Or picture going into a local store like Walmart or Target. You’re looking for something specific, some new socks or maybe a bathing suit. The store is stocked with hundreds of options, but you don’t find anything you like, so you leave empty-handed and disappointed.

That’s how many of us think of church!

We think of “going to church” like we think of going to Walmart or Target. We are consumers looking for something that we want or need, and when we don’t readily find what we are looking for, we leave disappointed.

This is not how the Bible talks about the church. As Paul explains:

Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.

He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

Ephesians 4:11-12, 16, NLT

Do you see the difference between the church and Walmart? When we go to church, we are not consumers shopping for a few things we need. We are contributors!

And we should be receiving things from church! We should receive things like sound teaching and spiritual encouragement when we take part in a church service or small group. But we are not there just to take, we are there to give!

Paul is saying that God has ordained that you have a specific and unique place and purpose in his church. You have something to contribute to his body that only you can give. Maybe it’s just a smile, or saying “hello” to a lonely person, but you have something to contribute to what Jesus wants to build in the world.

So next time you go to church, don’t just go like you are shopping for a pair of socks, ask God to show you what you have to give to the community!

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