I Didn’t Go To Church Last Week But…

…I did church all weekend.

Jesus said to us that we were to love our neighbours (Luke 10:27), make disciples of all the nations (Matthew 28), look after the orphans and widows (James 1:27), feed the hungry, look after those in prison, clothe the naked and give drink to those who are thirsty (Matthew 25:35).

The purpose of going to church is to be trained to do these jobs (James 2:18). If we sit in church all our lives and do not do the work of the gospel, it is like never leaving school until we die. We are to be doers of the word and not hearers only (James 1:22).So this is what happened last weekend:

Friday night I was at a board meeting for three hours. It was for a charity called Lily House that provides shelter and rehabilitation training for substance abuse women who either go there or jail. The government has just put a millstone around our necks and I did the research during the week to see how we could work our way through the dilemma.

Saturday I spent the whole day with a group of Christian men mentoring 10 boys aged 13-14 from a local government high school who are growing up without fathers and who are struggling in school. They need role models. That was exhausting.

Sunday I had a daddy date at McDonalds with the 12 year girl that we adopted a year ago. She needs quality time each weekend. If I had gone to church I would not have had precious time with her.

Monday I spent an hour at the accountants office for a not-for-profit organisation that I am on the board for that provides services to the community.

It was a busy weekend, doing the gospel, not just listening to it. Thank goodness not every weekend is like that.

In Matthew 7:21 Jesus said that “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”

Are you a doer or just a listener?