Acts 20:28 - 31 (KJV) "Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears."
In our consumer culture the customer is king. Some people choose churches the way they select restaurants. The food is too spicy; the music is too loud; the wait is too long… I don't like the 'service', I don't like church.
However, the church business is not the same as the restaurant business. The church is NOT about having it your way, the church is about having it God's way. After all, the church was purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ.
The modern American church is VALUABLE for many reasons; perhaps because there is a Starbucks in the lobby, a jungle gym in the nursery, Wii or Xbox in the Youth class and Clay Aiken in the choir. Once a 'church' has been outfitted with the latest and greatest of consumer friendly amenities, than people promote their church (not for its virtue but for its value). "Oh, I love my church! Oh I never miss church."
The world is filled with many C.E.O. believers. These are the ones that come to church on Christmas, Easter, and Other special occasions. This coming Sunday is NOT Easter Sunday, but your church is still a church. Express your appreciation for Calvary through your involvement and investment in your church.
The church is so valuable to Jesus that He gave His life for the church. Perhaps one simple way to please HIM is to give my life (my time, my talent, my treasure) for His church.
Hebrews 10:24 - 25 (NLT) "Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near."