3 Things To Do When You Can’t Go To Church
Many people’s schedule inhibit their church attendance. I, for example, have a job in retail and I have no choice but to work on many Sundays. So what can I do about it? Are there other ways that I can stay encouraged and continue to grow in Christ in between being able to actually physically attend? Well I’m glad you asked.
I have had more than one pastor tell me that if I loved Jesus, and had enough faith in Him, I would abandon the job that I have and find one that would afford me the opportunity to go to church and never miss. Baloney. My question is this. Who is to say that I am not exactly where God wants me to be right now? I do miss getting to go when I miss, but there are ways that I can stay active in His Kingdom. Here are some ideas.
1. BUILD YOUR OWN WORSHIP SERVICE
Set aside some time during your day, even if it is in the car on your way to work, to plan your own worship service. Load your mp3 player, phone, or cd player with some of your favorite worship music and sing along. If you don’t like singing, or are worried about what the other drivers may think, just meditate closely on the words and what the songs are saying.
2. SPEND TIME IN PRAYER
Praise God for the triumphs and trials in your life. Thank Him for His provision (including your job that is keeping you from being in church). Tell Him the things that are on your heart. Ask for help in areas that you need growth. Lay it all out there… then stop… and listen. Allow His voice to speak to you and lead you in areas that may need change.
3. FIND A GOOD SERMON ONLINE TO LISTEN TO
I have several pastors that I like to listen to online and I find much inspiration, encouragement and challenge in listening to these guys. Here are a few of my favorite (you can click on the photos for links to their websites):
All of these pastors load tons of online sermons, podcasts and youtube videos weekly. If none of these tickle your fancy, go find a person you enjoy hearing expound on God’s Word! In our day and age with the technological advances we have, you can literally listen to hours a day with no repeats. You will not agree with everything you hear, but you will be exposed to the Word of God that will keep you growing in Him.
Don’t fall into the trap that because you may work on Sundays, you can’t be in church. You can still worship, grow, be challenged, praise, give, and learn just as regularly as the next guy who’s off every weekend. Also, keep up the daily devotional reading of Scripture and quiet time as well. Also, don’t listen to the hogwash that because you work on Sundays, you are out of the will of God. Thank the Lord that nurses, police, firemen etc. don’t shut down every Sunday.
Now get going and get GROWING.
There you have it.