Have you ever thought “I wish I didn’t have to go to church today?” or “whew I’d like to sleep in. I’m so tired because Saturday’s are always so busy. I never have time to rest.”
“I’d love to lay here and enjoy my Sunday” is a very dangerous phrase.
If you consistently think like this, you may need to reevaluate your priorities.
Church should not be a burden. If you are resentful about church, it’s from your heart.
Let me clarify, we all get tired. We are all busy. We all need time to rest. But if you would rather keep your commitments on Saturday and give up worship, something isn’t right.
How should we feel about going to church?
Church should be seen as a place of renewal. It should be a time where our souls get fed. Yes, it may be hard going but the reward is the Word. If you find yourself with the only day to rest is Sunday, you need to reevaluate your time commitments. Maybe Saturdays should be a time to sleep in and do whatever you want as a family. Reserve Sunday morning for church and take a nap in the afternoon. When you have a high standard of attending church, regardless of how you feel, then you’ll enjoy the benefit of God’s house.
Why do we get resentful toward church?
The enemy uses this tool to distract us from the place that gives us true strength. We believe the lie that we need to sleep in on Sunday to feel rested or we need to spend some time together as a family since we are so busy the rest of the week.
How do we fix it?
Let’s look to see what the Bible says about church.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Mindset really is important here. If you have read why you need to go to church, and believe it, then do it. You must protect this time for your family.
This may mean that you need rearrange your schedule to accommodate more family time and rest time on Saturday. What is taking half your weekend that robs you of a few hours of church that could re-energize your spirit and set you up for a wonderful week?
If you have harsh feelings toward church, you need to change some things.
Mindset – write down how you feel about church then pray over these emotions. Are they good? Are they pure? Do you have a past hurt that needs to be worked on? Maybe the current church friends have a cliche that makes you feel left out?
Next write out how you want to feel about church. If you need healing, pray. If you still are struggling, ask your pastor to talk with you. I guarantee that you are wanted at church.
Schedule – What can you say no to? What needs to be cleared out on Sundays or maybe even Saturdays to allow time and space for church?
Priorities – Once you have worked on your mindset and cleared your schedule, it’s time to get stubborn for one of the best things you’ll ever do for you and your family.
How will you be intentional about church this week?