Who are you cheering for?
I love basketball. Most of my friends could tell you that I do and that IU has always been my favorite. Why IU? Most likely because my dad was a huge fan. I remember him sitting in his chair that was near the TV – watching and analyzing the game. He was a devoted fan – even when they had a bad game or season. My dad was all about commitment – to his team and his family.
Although he was a devoted fan, he never made it to Assembly Hall. Unfortunately, he never got to see his team play anywhere other than in the comfort of our living room. I’m telling you what – there’s something special about being there in person. Getting there can be a hassle and you may not have the best seats, but in the end – it’s all worth it.
I know that some people will disagree, but I feel the same is true when we worship God. We can all learn about him by watching a sermon on TV, reading the Bible, or maybe through a friend, but there’s something special about being with other people – people you don’t even know and people who need Jesus just as much as you do. The difference between being at a game and being in church is that we know Jesus has already won.
If you were turned off of attending church because of a bad experience – ask yourself this: If you were at your favorite team’s stadium and something really ticked you off… would that stop you from returning? Would that bad experience stop you from believing in and following your team?
Jesus loves you. Your team has no clue who you are….
” For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother‘s womb. Psalm 139:13
“ For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
“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.” Hebrews 10:24–25