Is going to church all the time changing you?

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I’ve noticed something since moving to the South last year.  People sure do go to church a lot.  Every time the door is open – Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night, and a few Mondays and Fridays thrown in too.

People are busy DOING things at church too.  Singing in the choir.  Volunteering in the nursery.  Teaching Vacation Bible School or Sunday school.  Collecting food donations.  Even going on mission trips!  People are really BUSY… serving and helping.  Doing good things.

So here’s my question – with all this “doing” have we forgotten the importance of “being” – or rather “becoming more like Christ”?

I have met very few women who have a spiritual hunger, a desire to know more of Jesus and to become more like Him.

So many women I see are… well… just busy at church… but not changed, not growing, not renewed and transformed, and not even excited about Jesus and all He is doing in their lives.  Mostly they are tired.  And over committed.

A friend wrote this week, “Unfortunately, for the most part, bunches of women attend Bible studies week in and week out, and church Sunday morning after Sunday morning, but nothing at all changes.  They attend, and attend, and attend with spiritually little to show for all that attending they do. They’re content to be a “good enough” Christian or worse, to possess a “form of godliness that has no power” (2 Tim. 3:5). Their bad habits don’t change. Their speech doesn’t change. Their attitudes and thinking don’t change. They’re still unforgiving. They still treat their husbands with disrespect. They still don’t invite anyone they don’t know to Bible study or church. They still haven’t shared their faith with anyone. They still don’t read their Bible or do their Bible study.

But they come week after week regardless, and I have to ask, why? Is it just to get out of the house? Is it because they believe there’s a righteousness in being a part of church? Is it because they believe Jesus is pleased when they attend Christian things?

And so I hope session after session that women in my Bible study are different from the majority of women out there who are “always learning but never come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Tim. 3:7).” — Susie Walther, www.thewellbiblestudy.org

I hope you’re not in the same spiritual place you were at this time last year!!

If you are, ask God to give you a spiritual hunger for His Word.

Ask Him to help you find some other hungry women and then study His Word with them.

Ask Him to help you re-prioritize the way you spend your time – your precious little time!

Resolve right now that this year will be different – this year you’re going to pursue Jesus and allow Him to change your life.

7 thoughts on “Is going to church all the time changing you?

  1. I wish I could be apart of your Bible study! It seems I am finding the same thing here in the South. I do love church and the worship but I would love to find friends in the church who love God the way that I love Him, who seek Him and seek to be like Him instead of running into those who grumble their way through doing works and being exhausted by it. Loving God and doing His Will is never a chore it is what makes my heart dance. Thanks for the wise words!

      • Wow, thank you! My husband retired from the Army in 2003, and is now a civilian contractor training soldiers at the Battle Command Training Center. I cook lunch on Tuesdays for soldiers (and anyone else who would like to come) at the YMCA for a lunchtime bible study. Small world!!! God is awesome like that, huh? He is always arranging some way for me to get the desires of my heart. I would be so appreciative of your help!

  2. Thank you! I also see so many people doing church rather than finding a path to a deeper relationship with Christ. Fortunately, I have also found many people who have a spiritual hunger! I think sometimes people have the hunger, but don’t know what to do with it. Your blog is another way to show people how to take a first step!

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