by Mike Keating on Thursday, 22nd of May 2014
I am fascinated by the fact that so many people who go to church seemed to be so bored in church. Over my 30 years in ministry, I have seen the weird and the wonderful, the manifested carnal and the manifested Christ, and even thing in between. Church services used to be a lot plainer and now they can be action packed and performance standards that can rival secular productions that you pay big bucks to see.
And yet people seem bored with Church. Why? Surely we are not bored with God! Or maybe we are? My fear is that for many of us we are so disconnected with God that when we show up to love on Him, to praise and worship Him, we really don’t what to do. Maybe we don’t know whom we worship?
Being a devoted follower of Jesus is more than adopting a certain way of thinking, or keeping a particular routine of habits, or a specific mode of living. It is not even about being a ‘good person’.
I have noticed an attitude with my own children about visiting their grandparents. Sadly, they do not enjoy it. They are bored. They have more exciting things to do. I have reflected on this and I think part of the problem is they do not really have a close relationship with their close relations. Yes, they are a part of the family. Yes, they exist because of the grandparents. But they don’t seem to want to invest the time in getting to know them. They don’t seem the treasure the connection, the stories, the investment. And sadly, there is connection without real devotion.
My own mum is 76 years old. She has had a difficult and traumatic life. Just this week, I heard of a story from her childhood that was profound and shaping on her life for the first time. In all the years, the right space had not been there previously for this moment of truth and trust.
I suspect that the reason many of us find “Church” boring is because we don’t do the work at our private relationship with Jesus. The public expression of our love for God will only be fake, fickle or phony if it is not the overflow of our private practice of God’s presence.
"But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. (Mat 6:6 NKJ)
I understand how difficult it is to carve out the time in a busy and demanding world to find time for
God. God is not an ‘app’ to download from the network for free and entertain you for hours with lights, sounds, and moving images. God is a person. The only way to know a person is to spend time with them, to be patient to sit in that sacred space, for the exchange of life to take place.
- Ps Mike