What the Church Means to You (Part 3)

Zachariah 8: 21 And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts: I will go also.

The church is not God’s house just while a service is going on.  Throughout the week, at daylight and dark, it is God’s house.  It’s a blessing just to step on the property.  It’s sacred ground.  This scripture says people will go to one another and go before the Lord.  We go to church.  We shouldn’t ask if we’re going.  It should be a statement.  “It’s church time.  Let’s go to the house of the Lord.”  Then go speedily and do two things.

We shouldn’t have to be motivated by someone else.  We should be self-motivated by our desire to come.  We should be in a hurry to get here.  When we do, we pray and call on the Lord.  Prayer is a part of our everyday life, but it’s a blessing to call on God in prayer together.  We seek the Lord.  Even with the questions that we do on Wednesday nights, we are seeking him in our answers.  God wants us to seek him.  Zechariah said “I will go also.”  That includes us all.  Church is not for certain groups but for all.  Our church motto is “Welcome to the church where everybody is somebody and Christ is all.”  Because of Christ we are on equal ground.  Psalms 55:14 says we took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company

If you don’t want to come to church, you can blame no one but yourself.  Everyone gets out of church what he or she puts in it.  We can’t wait on who is in the pulpit preaching or singing or teaching to get a blessing.  Everyone’s job is to come to worship together.  Unity starts before we get here.  Come to be a blessing and be blessed.

Psalms 84:10 says for a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.  Remember the years you didn’t go to church.  Did you receive anything in those days that would equal one day in God’s house?  No.  There was emptiness.  Church does you good.  David said he’d rather be a doorkeeper in God’s house.  It was where he’d rather be no matter what.  Things come up—health or weather—that keeps us from the church, but is this where you’d rather be?  I don’t want to lose that “rather-ness.”  I’d rather have Jesus than anything.

In Psalms 122:1 David said I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.   He was excited.  Some want to go and can’t.  Some are forbidden.  Some parents don’t allow their kids to go.  We should be thankful and glad to come.  Anticipate a blessing.  Go to worship.

I Chronicles 29:3 states moreover, because I have set my affection to the house of my God, I have of mine own proper good, of gold and silver, which I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house.  David prepared himself and what he had to offer.  He talked of material things, but more importantly he prepared his spirit.  God wants us to prepare ourselves and set our affections on the house of the Lord.  When we come with the attitude “here I am, Lord” and have prepared ourselves to give the Lord something from our heart, we won’t leave without something.  When we come and offer love and worship by being prepared in heart, we will get a blessing.  The key is to be thoughtful about it before we get here.  Be willing to give God something.  Remember the old saying “you can’t out give God.”

That’s how we get here.  Now what do we do when we arrive?  We’ll find out next week.

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