This excerpt is from “10 Ways Ecclesiology Encourages Me,” an article by Gloria Furman on the TGC blog:
“As the wife of a pastor and mother of three little kids, I know how challenging it can be to get everybody out the door to go to church gatherings.
I can also empathize with those who struggle with being “present” once you’re there. I recall one morning at a church gathering where I spent the entire time either caring for my colicky baby in the bathroom or collecting pieces of borrowed clothes for another child who had multiple accidents involving bodily fluids in children’s church.
It’s tempting to dive into feelings of futility on these occasions: “Was this morning all for naught?” or even to utter the more faithless despair, “What a waste!”
Personally, I tend to blame my attitude on my circumstances. But the real battle wages in my heart as I fight to cherish corporate worship and engage heart-and-soul in church activities.
As a natural-born sinner, I’m allergic to worshiping the Lord in all things at all times.
As a supernaturally born-again saint, I’m prone to love the God who loved me first.
Praise God that when the dust settles from the war with my flesh that he has the victory!
God’s Word instructs us: “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Heb. 10:24-25).
Here are just ten of the things I remind myself of when I’m tempted to downplay the importance of corporate worship and ecclesiology in my life:….”
Read the rest of the article here.