Myth #5: “Church Is Inconvenient” - 5 Myths That Keep Us From Church

Myth #5: “Church Is Inconvenient”

There was a time when Sundays were sacred in our culture. People didn’t work on Sundays and most businesses were closed. Whether or not people made worship in church part of their Sunday routine, the day was set aside from the rest of the week.

Not so today.

With the advent of the Internet, work now encroaches on weekends because there are always emails to read and return. With the explosion of youth “travel sports,” there are tournaments every weekend, including Sundays. No longer is Sunday a day for worship and rest, but a day of frantic activity! We hammer out a few emails, check our voice mail, then pack up the family mini-van and take three different kids to three different sports events.

Not only is there no time for church, but we also scarcely have time to eat! We finish the day with some frozen pizza and collapse into bed and head into another week. So, yes, church can feel like an inconvenience, just one more thing to try to fit into another hectic weekend!

But what if we thought of the church not as an inconvenience, but as a necessity?

Consider these words from Hebrews 10:24-25 (NLT)

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Or the words of Paul in Ephesians 5:18-20 (NLT):

Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

If, as the New Testament reminds us, the church is our spiritual family; if the church is where we both receive and give encouragement; if the church is where our hearts and minds are filled with song, lifted in worship, and instructed by God’s Word, then we ought to understand it not as an inconvenience, but as a life-giving, soul-enriching necessity!

While all the other things in our busy lives might be good and important, Jesus wants us to see that the condition of our hearts is even more important and our participation in his body, the church, is even better.

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