What i got to thinking about was this:
Are you comfortable with your Church?
Does it feel like a safe place for you? Do you feel like you ‘belong’ there? Like a Home away from Home?
Is that where your Heart Is?
I’m sure most of you would welcome any ‘new faces’ to your Church with Open Arms; growing the congregation is something i think all churches aspire to do, rejecting no-one…. intentionally!
Yet not everyone who visits your church home feels like ‘your home’ is for them. Some may not like the decor, some the music, some the sermon or style of worship. Some may simply not like the whole concept of a church full of believers getting together to pray to God in a ‘uniform’ way.
Your Church makes them feel ‘uncomfortable’ in some way and they choose not to go back. We Humans don’t LIKE feeling uncomfortable – we like to fit ‘in’ and dislike it (avoid it) when we don’t.
So here’s the point… A Church – a Christian Church is NOT a place where we are to ever FEEL comfortable!
At least we are not to be comfortable in the way we most often do; in the ‘normal’ sense – the Human, Earthly, physical sense. (That is, we are never to feel, to be, MORE comfortable in our humanness – our human OVER our God-like ‘natures’ in our church and in our ‘choice’ of church).
It’s about what we ‘accept’ and what we ‘reject’ in our life down here.
Do we accept and feel comfortable in our flesh? In our Sin? In all the many ways we are so NOT like Christ? Do we like to share that comfortableness with people who are just like us?
Are there certain ‘types’ of people who just would never ‘fit in’ to your church? Do they avoid you like the plague so you never come to know anything about them and you begin to believe you are just like everyone else (that you know)?
Our Happiness and contentment is often based upon our human physical and mental ‘comfort’ – with the things we personally are MOST familiar – that are most like us. But the Spirit is NOT of ‘us’ – it is of God and from Christ, as it lives within all and especially all who claim to be truly Christian.
It is PERSONAL to us – closer to us than our skin – but it is NOT of us, of our flesh and thought, nor is it all that familiar to many of us. It is not where we feel the most comfortable… and in a lot of cases i feel a church reflects more about human comfort and the feeling of being accepted in our imperfection than in our Spirit, which is where we should all be learning, through following Christ as well as we are able, to truly Live.
Where our Spiritual Heart is and not our human one.
Where we can live in the Love of God.
Not a man made building/organisation giving lip-service to Him while making us feel ‘comfortable’.
Are you prepared to feel UN-comfortable in Church?
Are you willing to die to this earth and the things it puts above God’s Will?
How Christian are we being and showing to the World while in church and as we share it with others ‘outside’?
And just how human are we/should we be showing to others in a church?
A Church of Christ and His Father Above?
Please feel free to leave comment agreeing or disagreeing with these thoughts – i hope i am not, and you are not, afraid of feeling uncomfortable in this.
Let your Spirit and not your flesh so lead you.