Three Words

I wish I was the Communicator I find in others. The lyrics in certain songs, or the pose of poetry. Most recently I have been impressed with my pastor. His passion and perception is admirable. They serve him well. He communicates well.

I have passion and perception. However, what good is passion and perception without the ability to communicate it.

A portion of last Sunday’s message included an explanation of the state of the church in today’s society. The dwindling attendance and steady closing of church buildings should be like alarms bells calling out for attention. Why are people not interested in going to church?

Three words. Write them down. They apply to all aspects of life. They explain devotion. The three words are Obligation, importance, and enjoyable.

A portion of society will go to church out of obligation and because they think it important regardless whether they enjoy it or not.

I think of kids who greatly enjoy video games. So much so they will sit for hours and hours playing the game. They find it important to master the game. So important is it to them that they will try hard to get the newest and latest games. They are obligated to find some way to buy the game. Their enjoyment created a level of importance that resulted in an obligation.

There you have it. If you attend worship services, is it because you feel obligation to be there and think it important. Do you enjoy going to church? Could it be you actually enjoy church and that is why it is important to you. Therefore you are obligating yourself to it.

You are now at the very heart of your relationship with the church. The question is why? Am I enjoying church, sense it is important, and am obligated to it for the right reason? The right reason is because the church is about “Transforming Lives for Christ.”

Do you enjoy seeing a life transformed for Christ? if it is so, then you will know church is important and will be obligated to it. If your church is not focusing on transforming lives for Christ, make it so or find one that is.

Until next time,



About Hoss

Married w/ 1 daughter & 3 step-children . Ordained minister. I do supply preaching every opportunity I get. Currently employed in a state prison system. Wife & I own a flower shop in a nearby city. I am approaching my late 50's, although I certainly don't look like it.
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