Why go to church
Imagine if in the Olympic Games there was only one competitor for each event. In preparing for the Olympics, there would be no goals to set, no standards to achieve and no times to beat. Olympic athletes wouldn’t have anything, against which, to measure their own performance. They could walk the 100 meter dash and still win. By being the only person competing, there would be no one else to challenge them and no one to spur them on.
By having many competitors, a standard for excellence is established. Each participant has something against which they can measure their own efforts.
Human beings always tend to become like the people they associate with. By regularly attending a church we have the opportunity to create friendships with other Christ followers who have a greater depth of spiritual wisdom and maturity. We’re able to see within them a greater potential for ourselves. They’re example can establish for us a baseline by which we are able to measure our own spiritual walk and growth. They challenge us. Through their friendship they reveal within us the areas of our spiritual growth that we can improve upon.
It’s not an issue of whose better, nor is it a competition. It’s the fact that we will never know our own potential until we meet someone who has surpassed us.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.(Hebrews 10:24-25)
(photo credit: flickr creatice commons, 11:45 service at St Ebbes Church Oxford by Jimmy and Sasha Reade)