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Church is Kinda a Big Deal

Church is Kinda a Big Deal

A longing in our souls for God begins early. It flourishes in a child as it does in adults when watered by His Word and nourished within the body of Christ.

Church is kinda a big deal.

The boy Jesus, as part of Israelite tradition, made the journey from His home in Nazareth to worship in the temple at Jerusalem. Anticipation of coming worship moved throughout generations. Families responded with joyful singing, one in heart and purpose as they made the trek.

My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God,’
the Psalmist penned in a congregational song. Psalm 84:2 (NIV).

I wondered about such deep desire to assemble together within a church body when little children hung all over my body.

Joseph and Mary joined in one of those processions to Jerusalem when Jesus was twelve. Likely His parents had younger children to care for and corral during the dusty journey. Getting them ready for a trip to the temple required sacrifice, planning, uncomfortable nights in strange places, and food preparation. It required work.

It must have been worth each step.

Why is it that on church mornings everything goes wrong?

I remember one of those Sundays. My infant daughter had decided a clean diaper meant it was time to do business which soiled her and me. The oldest spilled milk across the table and onto the floor. Our middle daughter wailed in a meltdown over the stuffed animal she needed and couldn’t find.

I looked from the disaster on my blouse to the mess in the kitchen. My eyes went to the space from the kitchen table to the door of the house. It seemed miles away with a desert, an ocean and screaming children in between. Church diminished into the fog beyond. The distance felt too hard, too far, and too difficult.

The act of coming together as Jesus followers is “kinda” a big deal. Scripture asks us to “not neglect meeting together” (Heb. 10:25), it gives structure and organization to those gatherings, and throughout all of Scripture we see it displayed.

Here are some things to consider.

  • Make Sunday special. Do your best to make it different from other days. Try to take as much hectic out as possible and plan ahead. When doable, bring in Sabbath rest. Free up Sunday. If work or shopping doesn’t have to be done, choose another day.
  • Encourage the anticipation. Cultivate delight. Give Sunday a weekly build up. Sing the songs throughout the week. Look forward to being with God’s people and it will become contagious.
  • Engage the discourse. Talk about what your children heard or did in church. Share on their level how you were challenged or encouraged by others and God’s Word. Look for it, and you may find fresh appreciation yourself for an act that has lost some luster.

Centuries after Jesus’ death and resurrection, the body of Christ redefined the practice of meeting together. As temples of His Spirit dwelling in us, we aren’t dependent of location to worship, nor bound by its legalism, but believers fitted together like a giant puzzle is God ordained. It brings a measure of wholeness to our Christian life.

I know it’s challenging. Sometimes with little ones I felt I gained nothing but the disapproving looks of others, and the exhaustion of keeping it all together. Looking backward in time’s rearview mirror, I see it was worth the effort.

The discipline of meeting together as a body of Christ has immense importance to the spiritual well-being of our children. Just showing up models to little eyes the value of spiritual things in the middle of the craziness of everyday life. Church strong in biblical teaching and fellowship incubates little hearts for growing communion with Christ and others. Making it a habit is priceless.

“Better is one day in your courts, than a thousand elsewhere: I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.” (Psalm 84:10; NIV).

It’s kinda a big deal.

By: Sylvia Schroeder serves as Women’s Care Coordinator at Avant Ministries. Mom to four, grandma to 13, and wife to her one and only love, she enjoys writing about all of them. Find her blog at When the House is Quiet. Like her Facebook page or follow her on twitter.

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