Why did I rob banks? Because that’s where the money is!
Willie Sutton-Notorious Bank Robber
Why should you go to church? Because that is where you hear the Word of God preached!
This is not the only reason to go to Church and the Church is not the only place where God’s Word is preached. But if you attend a Bible-believing church led by a God-fearing pastor, you can be assured to hear God’s Word.
“You can seek. You don’t know whether you are elect or not elect. You know that if you don’t have faith, you’re going to hell. You know that it is to your advantage to find out whether you have any capacity for faith, and you know the ordinary way in which God brings people to saving faith is through the preaching of the gospel. So even if you have no love for God whatsoever and only have your own self-interest at heart here-your enlightened self-interest-the wise thing is to put yourself in the way of grace; that is, place yourself where the means of grace are most commonly concentrated, and that means attending the preaching of the Word of God. It is to your advantage to do this even if you find it boring, odious, and distasteful. Perhaps God, in His mercy, will pierce your heart as you are listening to the Word of God.”
The words of Jonathan Edwards still speak to us across the centuries. Do you “put yourself in the way of grace”? If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, do you allow God’s grace to work in your life?
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV)
We are only saved by God’s grace, nothing else. Not even attending church or reading the Bible will get us saved. It is only by God drawing us to Him through His Holy Spirit are we able to enter this relationship. And when we do, we can confess our sins, repent and turn to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
No matter your spiritual walk, do you put yourself in the way of grace?
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.