Don’t Give Up On Church!

Day 8 - Don't Give Up On Church

Dear Younger Me,

I want to write to you about church today, to encourage you of the importance not just of going to church, but of being an active part of the church. I know you understand this just now, but it’s crucial that you persevere in this.

“Let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:25 NLT)

As you get older, the culture around you is going to grow increasingly hostile to God’s truth, and so it’s vital that you continue to gather with other Christians for encouragement and support, and to know that you’re not alone.

This is not always going to be easy. The church is full of broken people after all, so some ups and downs are only to be expected, but I have to be honest – it will get worse than you think.

You’ll be badly hurt by someone you consider a friend; there will be days when you come home from church aching from stress. You will be badly treated at times, and there will be occasions when you feel overlooked, undervalued, and ignored.

The idea of sticking with Jesus but dispensing with church will seem quite attractive at times.

But here’s the thing – as Christians we are part of the body of Christ. It’s not something we can do in isolation. However much it hurts at times, you need others and they need you. You must continue gathering together.

One day you will get the opportunity to help start a brand-new church. Everything in you will resist it at first, but when you step out in faith you will find it is one of the best decisions you ever make.

You will find a place where you fit, you will receive the encouragement you need, you will learn to trust, to open up… You will see how amazing church can be, and it will be a genuine pleasure to gather together.

So don’t give up. There will be some challenges ahead, but if you persevere good things will come, and you’ll be glad you did!

Love,

Me

Dear Younger Me...

This post is part of “Dear Younger Me…” – a series for Write 31 Days in October 2019.
Each day I am basing my writing on the one-word prompt provided.  Today the prompt is “gather.”
  You can find an introduction to the series and an index of all the posts here, and you can find out more about the challenge and check out other people’s series here.

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24 thoughts on “Don’t Give Up On Church!

  1. Church can have hard seasons and people and impact on our lives. But that is the human part of church. God does want us to press in to the Church because He is madly in love with His body of believers (the Church).

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  2. So honest and so TRUE!
    I think it was Eugene Peterson who said something like this: “Sooner or later, if we are serious about growing up in Christ, we have to deal with church. I say sooner.”
    I hear YOU saying SOONER too, Lesley!

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  3. Please do not give up on church
    even when it truly feels
    like the cushioned pew on which you perch
    is made of hardest steel.
    Please do not give up on church
    even when the pastor’s sermon
    sounds like a rustling silver birch,
    its breeze-tossed leaves a-murmurin’.
    Please do not give up on church
    even when next to you an oldster
    always seems to be upon the verge
    of dozing on your shoulder.
    The truth, dear friend, is still the same:
    He’s where blokes gather in His name.

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  4. Awww, Lesley, this is so beautiful. Church is the hospital for broken people. Broken people do hurt each other. But, when we can look beyond that to the gathering together with like-minded, like-hearted, people there are many benefits.

    Loved this post, friend.

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  5. This is such vital advice, Lesley. I am so grieved by people who claim to love Jesus but have forsaken church–his bride that he died for, that they are part of. It’s definitely hard sometimes, but that’s why there are all those “one another” verses.

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  6. This is so good! So true and so needed! Thank you for being so transparent and posting something we all need to hear!

    I will be sharing this on the IE Facebook page!

    Thanks for linking up at InstaEncouragements!

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  7. Church hopping happens a lot where I live. Someone gets upset and the go to a different church then they find something wrong there and move on. Your advice is so valuable! Just like any relationship it’s never easy and it takes work, love, and forgiveness!

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  8. What a great post. I found myself checking out for a while, but I was in my 50’s. I did not feel welcome in the church we attend and the pastor’s messages didn’t seem to be stirring me. I decided I could listen to messages online or watch a message on t.v. For a while we were even getting together with another couple on Sunday morning and watching a message together. But eventually my husband reminded me we needed to go to church. And so we did and we stuck with it even when we didn’t “feel” like it. This was the right move and I’m ever so glad we did. You are right when you say it won’t be easy. And you are right again when you say sometimes it gets really hard. But I stopped pinning my hopes on the people and instead pinned them on Christ and He’s never let me down.
    Such good words for all of us to pay attention to, thank you!

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    1. Thanks for reading! I’m glad you found your way back to church again, and I think it’s very true that when we pin our hopes on people we will always be disappointed sooner or later, Much better to pin them on Jesus.

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