Phillip Yancey once wrote a book entitled Church, Why Bother? When I saw that title, I began to ponder the question for myself. After all, why should I bother with church at all? Two thoughts came to mind. The first concerned the PERSON. My whole perspective on life changed because of the man named Jesus. Specifically, my posture toward the church was altered. I started “bothering” with church because He bothered with the church. He laid His life down so that those who believed in Him might have eternal life. He loved the church that much. She is His bride, His treasured possession. That is the primary reason I bother with the church. By the way, we are included in that number; we are a part of the church. God has demonstrated His love to us. How we ought to demonstrate our love to Him and His church!
The second reason I bother with the church involves PEOPLE. God has placed our brothers and sisters in the church so that we might experience the most rewarding relationships imaginable. The church is the place where you share in the spiritual journey of becoming more like Christ. It is the community where people pray for you during difficult times, encourage you when you want to give up, and challenge you when you need to grow in your relationship to the Lord. Indeed, it is in the context of the church that you find true Christian fellowship and love. How could a greater bond exist? You see, I bother with the church because the church “bothers” with me. Without my church family, I would be absolutely miserable. Thank God that He has given us the church! And personally speaking, thank God that He has allowed us to be a part of Temple Baptist Church!
Let me encourage you to reassess the benefit of being a part of a specific, local community of believers. Join me in worship of Him for what He has done through His people; but also, let’s recommit to our brothers and sisters in Christ. We are part of the family with specific responsibilities to serve, minister, encourage, challenge, etc. That is why He has called us to be “members” of the body. As Rick Warren stated, “The difference between being a church attender and a church member is commitment. Attenders are spectators from the sidelines; members get involved in the ministry. Attenders are consumers; members are contributors. Attenders want the benefits of a church without sharing the responsibility. They are like couples who want to live together without committing to a marriage.” My prayer is that we will be true members of the Body of Christ. May we commit to “bother” with the church! See you Sunday!