No Condemnation if You Can’t go to Church

Romans 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.”

After eight years of being a stay at home mother and Pastors wife I found myself again entering the workforce. One of the hardest things to adjust was having to work on Sunday. I was very disappointed because I thought as a Pastors wife God would surely make it so I would have Sunday’s off for Church. I even said to God. “A pastors wife should not work on Sunday’s,” praying He would change it, but He did not.

I began to miss a lot of Church, not being able to attend the mid-week service either, causing me to feel guilty and that’s when God taught me a great lesson about our Christian faith, namely, Sunday is set aside as “A” day of worship not “The” day of worship.

Sometimes we get into the mindset, like I was guilty of, that the only way to truly  worship God is to physically go to church, participating in the congregational experience, but to say that is to put the worship of God into a box of legalism.

IMG_1429 Think about the people of faith listed in Hebrews 11, each one of these great leaders had very close relationships with God long before corporate worship was established, and yet they were found pleasing to God.

Now, I am not promoting the thought that you can find God in nature so Church is unnecessary. I am saying if you find yourself in a position where it is impossible to attend Church regularly, do not feel condemned, God knows and understands.

The desire of God is for everyone to attend Church services, Hebrews 10:24-25 shows us that the gathering of Christians together helps provoke us to love and good works and we should not keep ourselves from it.

If Church worship was not important Jesus would have said so, but instead it was His custom to attend as Luke 4:16 shows.

Since I could not attend regularly God showed me a different kind of walking with Him, one that required me to maintain all the components of corporate worship on my own. I had to make myself listen to praise music, study the Bible, engage others in Biblical conversation for edification, listen to the Word preached and continue to write as an outreach ministry.

One would think this experience would make me regress in my walk but instead it has greatly benefited me, bringing me to a deeper walk and closer relationship to Jesus and to the kind of walk of faith He had with God.

Father, thank you for this great lesson, so I am not condemned when I’m unable to attend church. Thank you for showing me a closer walk with you every day. In the name of Jesus I pray, amen