Okay, before this little post stirs up a lot of negative issues, allow me to expand somewhat exactly where this is not going. This is NOT a plug for church attendance. Got it? I am fairly certain the entire blog world, all of the other Christians I know, my relatives and friends, and anybody else who will listen know I am the original local church guy. No problem here, as I believe with all of my heart based on what i read in The Bible that the local, called out assembly of believers is God’s chosen avenue for spreading the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am not a bit ashamed to look anyone in the eye and say that.
Here is a little tidbit I also believe. Church attendance, in and of itself, is meaningless. I can be in a pew every Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night, and any other time the doors are open, and it means NOTHING. Going to church does not save me, does not develop me as a mature Christian, or make me become closer to my Lord. And by that, I am referring to the simple act of attending church, sitting in a pew in a building, and following the proscribed order of Worship my particular part of Christianity may follow. So, this post is NOT about church attendance.
So, what am I saying here?
I am not also going to write a theological dissertation on Heaven in this post. Honestly, that is way above my theological pay grade. It bears looking at, however, just what we are in Heaven for in the first place. It’s not about us! Sure, it will be wonderful for us, but is not about us. Our ultimate entry into heaven is designed to be the culmination of God’s plan for redemption for fallen humans for all eternity. Our very purpose in Heaven for all eternity is to show the amazing glory of God, and to give Him that glory for ever and ever. In other words, our purpose in heaven will be to praise and worship Him for eternity. We will sing His praises and worship Him forever.
Let’s get back to Earth for a while now. Our existence on this planet is not about us, either. What we SHOULD be doing here in this life is no different, than what saved believers WILL be doing for eternity in Heaven. That is what saved believers should be totally completely and totally desiring to do in our earthly lifetimes. Our purpose here is much like our purpose in Heaven: to serve and worship Jesus and fulfill His will. The only real difference is the addition in this life of the responsibility to reach others with the saving Gospel of Jesus.
Wait! Am I saying that serving, worshiping, and doing God’s will gains us entrance into heaven? God forbid! We all know what the Bible teaches clearly about that.:
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
So, while nothing we do saves us, the standard is clearly there that doing something is WHY we are saved. Salvation is not intended to be the grand finale to our interaction with Jesus, but merely the beginning of a new life of service, praise and worship.
So, in the meaning of this post, “Come to church” means far more than simply going to a building a few times a week and punching the ticket. “Come to church” here means a relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ which will last for all eternity.
If we choose to rebel and reject Jesus during this life, then we certainly won’t be with Him in our eternal ones. So, really the question may be phrased incorrectly. Maybe if should have read:
If we don’t “come to church” (have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ) in this lifetime, then why would be even BE in Heaven?