“I tried the church thing and it didn’t work. I’m still in debt, and I don’t have a spouse yet; so I decided to quit church.” So say some who attempt to explain why they don’t go to church anymore. First of all, these people got into the church for the wrong reason. The church is like Noah’s ark—we come into the church to be saved, meaning we desire salvation for our souls and not freedom from earthly struggles (Ephesians 5:23; John 10:9; Colossians 1:13; Acts 2:47).
Coming to church expecting to get a spouse and have debts cleared misses the point of what salvation is for. Now, it is true that God will help with our loads, but no one should be expecting to have all their burdens cleared. Burdens are a part of the Christian walk; that is why God teaches other Christians to help others with their burdens and to develop patience and perseverance (Romans 15:1-2; Galatians 6:2; Revelation 2:25-26; James 1:4; Acts 14:22).
Also, some of these people didn’t properly apply God’s word, and that is why their stay in the church was unfruitful. If we want God to touch our lives we need to make sure that our motives are right and that we are following all that He has said.
Hope to hear from you or see you at the services.