It’s a trap. To think we have a close relationship with God by only listening to sermons and christian music. By only going to church you may be missing out on the intended first hand experience with God we were created to have. Maybe a story will help me explain.
I remember as a kid helping mom round up things to bring to church to send to missionaries in other countries. We called them “Missionary Barrels” because we literally packed big barrels. People brought clothes, books, plates, toys for the kids and mostly common but useful goods from our perspective thousands of miles away. Looking back there were questionable things packed as well. High heels in the mountains probably did nothing but kill a few spiders.
It’s an old and sad but true story. Someone actually packed a tin of used tea bags for one missionary couple. I heard they were actually used when the good tea bags ran out. Talk about a second hand tea experience. Is it possible we do this with God?
I have met people who are content in their relationship with God but see no reason to experience any personal time with God. I want to ask them if they like used tea bags. To develop an intimate relationship with God doesn’t happen second hand. Experience Jesus first hand each day and Church will become the place where we express our love to God and one another. I’m just not going to settle for a weak knee relationship with God. How about you? Let’s not settle for anything even close to a “used tea bag Christianity”
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.