“If going to church makes you a Christian, does going to the garage make you a car?” I recently saw this question on a vehicle’s bumper sticker and found it intriguing to consider what kind of person was asking this nonsensical question. Is he a “nonbeliever” with animosity toward Christians for some reason? Could he be a “believer” who attends worship services regularly but questions the sincerity of the others who occupy the pews around him? Could he be a “believer” who thinks his personal relationship with Christ is adequate and attending church is unnecessary?
No, going to church does not make me a Christian. It is my faith in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior that makes me a Christian. But attending worship services at church on Sundays makes me a better Christian….and I don’t mean better than other Christians. I mean that it makes me a better follower of Christ than I would be without the encouragement and support of others in my congregation.
Prayer: Father God, You have provided an awesome plan for the spiritual nourishment of Your people through the church. Thank You for the privilege of coming near to You through church attendance and fellowship with others who believe in You and Your Son.
Judith Keller (reprinted from July 2011)