Show Up and Shape Your Soul

September is here, the kids are back to school, and now is a great time to get back to church.  Why?  Showing up at church is a great practice to shape your soul.  
Here are four benefits you will experience by showing up.
1. Community
As North Americans, individualism is ingrained in our psyche. We believe we can do anything by ourselves, even follow Jesus as a “lone ranger.”  We might even convince ourselves saying, “I don’t need to go to church, I can read my Bible at home.”  True.  You can.  And you will grow by reading the Bible personally and privately.  But, you will never grow to be the person Jesus wants you to be apart from involvement with Christian community.  Community is the context for growth in Christ.  Every Christian needs the body of Christ to become the person God created them to be in Christ. (Eph. 2:10; Hebrews 10:24). When you show up to church, you say yes to Christ and community. When you show up, you win.  We all win.
2. Encouragement
Words have power to shape us.  Words can tear down or build up.  Critical words tear us down and blister the soul.  On our worst days, such words leave us hanging by a thread.  When you show up at church, you step into an environment that reminds you of a Heavenly Father who loves you, created you, and has a part for you in His story.  When you show up at church, you say yes to encouragement.  You have a wonderful opportunity to not only receive encouragement, but to give it, too (1 Thess. 5:11).
3. Truth
We hear so many mixed messages and half-truths every day.  These messages often appeal to our human wants and longings for love, freedom, and fulfillment.  Seeing and hearing these messages isn’t the problem.  The problem is that sometimes we don’t know how to determine whether the message we hear is true or false.  When we hear these messages long enough, it can simply cause confusion and doubt.   Showing up at church puts you in the middle of an atmosphere to hear a message of truth that will help you distinguish the truth from the counterfeit.  When you show up, you can come with your doubts, worries, questions, anxiety, fear, and sit down with other people who are just like you.  When you show up to church, you say yes to truth that is living, personal, and relevant.
4. Family
Showing up regularly at church is difficult.  It seems like the odds are never in your favor.  There’s a game at noon.  Your kids finally sleep in.  It’s your one day to relax.  The lists goes on and on, yet when you choose to show up regularly at church, you are uniting your family to love Jesus’ family.  You are showing your kids that connecting with Jesus’ family (the Church) matters.  Parents, when you show up, you say yes to wisdom and support from other parents.  Let’s face it, parenting is downright difficult at times.  We can’t do it in isolation from others or via digital access alone.  As a Christian, Jesus has placed you in a spiritual family so that you can have access to real life mentors to support, encourage, and guide you.  When you show up, you say yes to your family and to Jesus’ family.  
As kids go back to school, let’s commit to get back to church. Let’s show up and say yes to Jesus shaping our souls for his glory and our good.

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