Sunday was an incredible day at church.
Incredible being an understatement.
Its always amazing, powerful, uplifting, and inspiring… I love my church… but this past Sunday, WOW. It was one of those Sundays… I can’t really put into words. But if you go to a really good church, you KNOW what I mean.
Sometimes God just finds you there and you JUST. KNOW. you can’t leave the same way you came in.
The lesson in Sunday School punched me in the forehead. I left there with my head spinning, feeling really bad about a thing or two, with a new conviction that from this point on, things had to be done differently.
So I left Sunday School feeling all sick and sad about what a rotten no-good lousy sinner I am……until I went to Big Church , where we sang praise song after praise song about the goodness and mercy of the God of the Universe who… LOVES US.
Yep, even the sinners like me.
Honestly, I don’t even remember what Bro. David talked about (but here’s the link in case you wondered). I’m sure it was amazing, powerful, uplifting, and inspiring, with possibly a corny joke or two thrown in, I’m not sure; I accidentally threw my notes away. I don’t even remember what the songs were; I just know the music made my soul feel good.
But it wasn’t so much about the specific sermon Sunday; it was about how I felt when I left there.
Redeemed would be a good word for it.
It was all about seeing a big, honest picture of who I really am…
and a big, honest picture of who God really is.
I think that’s the reason we need to go to church in the first place.
It keeps us from being way too proud of how great we might think we are.
But then it also keeps us from languishing in a slimy pit over how awful we might think we are.
It restores us to an accurate picture of where exactly we stand in relation to God…
Sinners in need of redemption…
And a merciful God who loves us too much
to let us continue in sin.
Well, to continue in it happily, at least.
We all need to be reminded once a week, I think.