It always amazes me how so many people walk in the church sad, broken, and depressed, participate in praise and worship, shout Hallelujah with tears streaming down their face, and then turn around and walk out sad, broken, and depressed. I feel like church is the only place where people tend not to leave better than they came.
Just think about it. If I go to the mall in search of something, it is very rare that I don't leave the mall with what I came looking for if not more. Same thing applies to a grocery store or restaurant. It's not to often that I walk in hungry and leave hungry. So why is it that when people walk in the one place that is supposed to offer us EVERYTHING leave with NOTHING? Often when you ask people this question they begin to blame the church. They say things like "I don't like the way the choir sings", "The preacher doesn't really move me", or "The members have funky attitudes". Although these things may be a factor in your decision to join the church, it shouldn't totally effect your ability to get what God has for you.
We've all gone shopping or ate at a place that has horrible service but despite that horrible service we walk out with what we came in for. Why is that you ask? It's because we invested in our end goal. We took the time to make sure that no matter how raggedy our waitress was, we were going to leave that restaurant fed. We have to take this same approach with the things that God has for us. We have to have tunnel vision when we walk into His house. We have to be determined to do what it takes to not leave that place the same way we came in. Maybe that song wasn't your favorite. Rather than get wrapped up in that, get wrapped up in the Word that was delivered else where in the service. Trust and believe that God doesn't use just one avenue to reach His people, but we miss our Word because we are too busy looking at sister girl in the tight dress.
We have to stop blaming others for our stalled progress in Christ. Stop getting up every Sunday morning walking in these churches and walking out empty handed. It makes you look crazy, and how can you draw others to Christ when you have nothing to show for your dedication. It's like complaining about not having a job when you have filled out zero applications. Ultimately you can't receive if you never give. So I'm encouraging you to get what you came for because if you don't, you might as well stay home.
Mrs. Centia Albert -Guest Blogger