My car needs an oil change every 5,000 miles. How easy is that? Every four months or so, I head to Jiffy Lube, present my coupon, read my book, get oiled up, and move on. They give me a sticker telling me when the next 5,000 miles will come up. My car is programed for me to know when the next 5,000 is coming up. Currently, my car is 6,000 from my last oil lube. Really, what is wrong with me? Don’t I know I am hurting my car? Don’t I know my car won’t last long if I keep it up? After all, it is so easy to do the 5,000-oil lube.
Regular worship gets away from us. We are sick one week. We take a weekend trip the next week and the pattern of weekly worship is shot. Then we start to think about why we go anyway? What do we get out of it and it is so much trouble?
We go to worship God at church because it is good for us. It is good as disciples of Jesus to check in once a week. We want to follow him. We believe in his good news. We believe in what Jesus is saying and believe it is good for us and good for others when we come together to share our faith. We all benefit. We all are lifted up.
Just like my car, I know without that regular oil lube, I will falter. I know that my long term spiritual health will be in jeopardy. By spiritual heath, I don’t mean some abstract unmeasurable religious target, I mean how we perceive ourselves as good people and how we view ourselves in relationship to a creator and redeemer. Our attitudes and our graciousness and how we love are all shaped by our spiritual care—our nurtured relationship with God. For a follower of Jesus Christ, worship is good in so many ways, but mostly it keeps us close to functioning properly with our brother and sisters and our God.
Hope to see you Sunday, I talked myself into it, I am off to Jiffy Lube now.