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16 Jul 2021

SUNrise: cj speaks… Church

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July 16, 2021 Category: Oasis Posted by:

As I recently walked the mall on a rainy Sunday morning, I thought back to the days when we were getting up, getting ourselves ready, and getting it together to get to that house of worship; the place where GOD adjures us to come receive the Word, to fellowship with sistahs and brothahs in JESUS, and to “reboot” so that we can start our week with the positive and uplifting wisdom of GOD. 

Sometimes we really get caught up in what a church represents.  We go to the church to be healed, sometimes for financial assistance, for a variety of events, and in the hope of  getting whatever it is that we need from our pastor and fellow brothahs and sistahs.

As the pandemic hit us, our church doors closed.  We no longer got up on Sunday mornings to get dressed to hear the Word of GOD in person for most locations, although we were getting up, hopefully, in our homes or wherever we reside. However, we are now choosing to hear the Word of GOD whenever we want to, because we are always able to watch it later if we cannot watch during the live broadcast. So, I want to pose a question to you, readers — do you go to church for the pastor to hear what he or she has to say to you personally, or are you going to church to get the Word from the pastor so that you are able to apply it to your life and throughout the week?  Are you reading the Word of GOD — your Bible — and learning what that Word means that was just revealed to you, studying scripture, what it references and how you can apply it to your life, and how you are able to walk daily knowing that GOD is by your side?  HE is present in your footsteps as you move throughout this world, each and every day.  

So again, I ask you, are you worshipping the church, the house of GOD, or are you worshipping the man, the pastor; the woman, or the minister that is giving you what the Word is saying for your life?  

Let’s begin to take an honest look at ourselves, because we have not been in a physical church now for over a year.  

Some of us have had the opportunity to begin physically attending services again as they slowly reopen,; but throughout the pandemic, many of us have gone to churches to get vaccinated, pick up supplies such as groceries or needs, or whatever was needed in our homes.  So, the church doors have been opened, but they may not have been open in the way that you had been used to.

So now, let’s use this time that many of us still have before we walk inside the door of that church for services again, and let’s walk into ourselves.

How have we been churching ourselves, outside of the building?  Have we been creating our own Bible studies?  Have we even been studying the Bible so that we are able to become better Christians?  

There is so much that we have been able to attain, improve, uplift, and expound upon during this pandemic while self-contained or with our immediate families.  Those doors are gradually reopening  and we can begin to remove the masks.  

As you take your mask off of your face and as you walk back into the doors of your church, what will we see?  Are we going to see a new person?  Are we going to see someone at the same level, or — GOD forbid — see someone who has fallen and is weaker in their faith than what they were prior to the pandemic? 

Let’s begin to do our self-work, y’all. Let’s begin to get ourselves in position as we mainstream back into society. Where are you in your church experience?  How do you plan to recommit yourself as a member of your church family when those doors open back up, if they haven’t already? Until next time….PEACE! 

cj is a poet, educator, motivational speaker, and inspirational writer who resides in Philadelphia. If you were moved by this piece, shoot cj a like or comment at [email protected]

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