By G.P. Avants
“So in Christ all will be made alive.”
1 Corinthians 15:22
I walk into church on a typical Sunday morning. In the back rows sit a few teens and pre-teen recline. I tell them good morning and they don’t look too excited to be there. Probably, Mom and Dad strongly motivated them to be there. For the most part if they had a choice they’d be in bed asleep. (So in actuality their lack of perkiness might be because there is a lack of sleep as well.)
What really scares me is the lack of general regard for the things of the Lord. I know there are the typical teen angsts but, its more than that. There is boredom with the things of the Lord. Is it not entertaining enough? Is it like being in school with someone talking to you and you having to listen?
Whatever the case may be, something has to change. They say you can gear the health of a church by the spark in their young people. I see an excitement in the adults and small children but, the teens, I don’t know. Should I be concerned? Now I know that many people of all ages are bored with the things of God. Sunday morning is a routine that is getting easier and easier to ignore. Maybe they are missing the point or for that matter the bigger picture.
Sunday morning shouldn’t be the only time in the week to get a “God Fix”. A relationship is healthier when you talk every day, when you spend time together on a regular basis. That’s when things begin to happen. I remember a pastor friend of mine saying that you should already be with the Lord before you even get to church on Sunday. You’ve already gotten warmed up and ready to worship, listen, and get some direction.
Also, if you are listening to the Lord, then you’re going to hear something more in the pastor’s sermon. You hear the Lord speaking to you specifically. The Lord knows what your week has been like. He knows what you need to hear, and He speaks though the entire service. God also knows what the next week is going to bring. It may be that He is prepping you for what’s ahead.
There is nothing wrong with socializing with friends and family. During the service though it’s a time to seek and honor the Lord. Your soul needs this as well as your body. The socializing and encouragement time is afterwards. Don’t be in rush to go home, spend some time then. When it gets mixed up then yes, we might get a skewed view of what it’s meant to be.
By the way, a church is people not a building. Your life is out there seven days a week. We come together to get some nourishment, reviving, reminders, and renewals. Then we can go live what we learned and apply it to our world. That’s where our believe has feet and teeth. Otherwise, it’s pretty pointless to hear it and walk away.
Bored? So, maybe talk to the Lord about it. He will open your eyes and ears, fire up your Spirit, and make Sunday morning what it was intended to be. Can I offer one more personal advice? Get a good night sleep and a good breakfast. If you’re running late or misplace your keys, don’t let it eat at you. At least you live in a free country where you can worship openly. We never make it on time but, I am happy to get to go to church period, no matter when I get there. If we make that extra effort to get a little more out of our Sunday sermons the reward is extensive. We can put a nail in that boredom.
Thanks for stopping by and we hope we haven’t bored you. Please check out the projects that my team and I are working on. Hope to see you again soon.