There’s a question bubbling up these days — is church worth my time? With many of us busier than ever in school, jobs, or a myriad of other things, attaining time with God and spiritual refreshment appear difficult, and may not seem worth fitting in. If you’re wanting more spiritual time in your life, but you can’t get to church and are not sure how, let’s reason out how you can get the refreshment you desire—and get to church.
Take a stand and invest spiritually
Start by being willing to invest in yourself.
Do you give yourself time to get spiritually peaceful? Do you even know what it means to feel at peace? Many people don’t — so if you don’t you’re not alone. Peace is a wonderful commodity. However, you can’t buy it and you can’t get it by going through the motions or just doing rituals. True peace comes from spiritual understanding.
How do you get this spiritual understanding? By seeking it out and investing in it — taking quiet time with God — through prayer, Bible study, and church time. What’s wonderful about church, is that it gives us a framework to do this investing though education, outreach, and quiet time. And when you desire this, and hunger and thirst after righteousness, as Jesus taught, you’ll find fulfillment.
Christianity causes men to turn naturally from matter to Spirit, as the flower turns from darkness to light. Man then appropriates those things which “eye hath not seen nor ear heard.”
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.458:32-3
Stop. Look. Listen.
Next — be willing to pause — yield to God. Stop running around the altar of busy-ness and take time to “be still” with God—worship Him alone. If God, Spirit, seems absent, and having more time is all you hope for, perhaps we need to ask if time became a new god.
Also, look at how time is spent, ask if an hour or two for church each week can’t be managed? Could you make timing adjustments? How might spiritual refreshment benefit your outlook on life as well as your relationships, work, and family?
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
The world needs your light
Church is more than just a building or a house of worship. Church is actually God’s love expressed through a body of people. The Bible says we’re God’s image and likeness and our body is a temple. So, connecting the dots, Church is not just a building or a place, it’s really a divine activity — its God’s light magnified through a group of people loving the One infinite God while also loving each other and the community.
What is more, the light you’re shining from God is needed! It’s a spiritual power that rejuvenates, uplifts, and helps, even heals, others. Letting this light shine blesses you.
Once we see that this force for good is God’s activity, we get released from the pressures of time and space. We may see and feel something new: nothing can keep you from spending time with God—at church, at home, or where ever you are.
Church. The structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle.
The Church is that institution, which affords proof of its utility and is found elevating the race, rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas and the demonstration of divine Science, thereby casting out devils, or error, and healing the sick.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health, p.583:12-19