Habit or a Happening? [Blog]

In a recent chat with a missionary kid, we were discussing goals for our own children. He had been raised in a church going household and was determined to do the same for his kids.  The discussion turned to weekly church attendance and the behavior of being in church when ever the doors were opened. My mind got to going and here are my thoughts.

  • Does a person go to church or church activities because they “have to” or “want to”?
  • Do our kids go to church because of a trained habit (faithfulness) or to see something that is happening (life transformation)?
  • In the Book of Acts were people assembling because of schedule and routine or because there was something going on they wanted to see?

My conclusion after pondering these questions is that faithfulness to a good habit is certainly a great characteristic, but it doesn’t carry the weight of godly desire that comes from the heart. I am defining that godly desire as a true interest in spiritual happenings.

What I am saying is, When the intrigue of “life change” and dramatic transformation gets in your blood, there is nothing like it.  No TV show, sports activity or social media lure can top it.  When the resurrected Jesus made his tour amongst his followers, there was no turning back for them.  The events of Acts were so driven by His changed life and the changed life of the followers that there was no way to keep them from assembling.  “Church” was driven by what had happened and the anticipation of more of the same.

I am not saying we need to manufacture an “experience-driven” church.  I am saying is our kids will probably be more faithful when they regularly see “Jesus-driven” life transformations.

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