There are a number of refrains in the church that I hear quite often. One of them is simply, “I don’t feel like it.”
“I don’t feel like reading my Bible, because I won’t get anything out of it.”
“I don’t feel like going to worship, so I will stay home and be with Jesus by myself.”
“I don’t feel like I get a lot out of community group, so I’ll just do my own thing.”
When we as Christians begin to believe that our feelings trump the work of God in our lives, we miss wonderful opportunities to grow in our faith and in our love for Christ.
This past Sunday, I didn’t feel like being at church. I was tired and sleepy and a little jealous of people who were looking at the ocean on Sunday morning instead of the inside of Martin Middle School. I knew that Sunday was going to be a long day with church events and connecting with people (things I normally love). I didn’t feel like being at church.
But today is Tuesday. Today, I’m understanding that my feelings are no match for the power of God that I experienced on Sunday. A power that came from the preaching of the word from Jonah. A power that came from seeing and hugging my church family on Sunday morning.
For the past 3 years serving at Midtown Community Church, my love for Raleigh, our congregation and Christ has grown, not because I’ve always felt like being a part of community, but because Christ continues to change my heart through his community.
This quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s, Life Together, sums it up for me:
“Christian community is like the Christian’s sanctification. It is a gift of God which we cannot claim. Only God knows the real state of our fellowship, of our sanctification. What may appear weak and trifling to us may be great and glorious to God. Just as the Christian should not be constantly feeling his spiritual pulse, so, too, the Christian community has not been given to us by God for us to be constantly taking its temperature. The more thankfully we daily receive what is given to us, the more surely and steadily will fellowship increase and grow from day to day as God pleases.”
If you ever want to talk about this or anything, reach out to Lindsey or me, here.
We are less without each other…