|Posted by Ryan on September 11, 2017 at 3:05 PM|
Recently someone said to me that he didn’t feel worthy to go to church and that his being there would be a farce, since he didn’t feel like he belonged in church. His outlook is not all that uncommon among people.
Especially in a town such as ours with its many historic and beautiful church buildings, it is easy to fall into a line of thinking that church and worshiping God are only for people with their act together, who are worthy to sit in such awe-inspiring edifices.
But while the grandeur of the architecture of many church buildings is designed to reflect the majesty of God who is worshiped when His people gather there, the building’s beauty says little about the people who worship in that place.
In fact, every Christian church is filled with people who do not deserve to be there; no one who is in worship on a Lord’s Day morning or evening or midweek meeting is worthy of coming. After all, it was Jesus who said, “I have come not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:32) and “…the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10).
Rather than looking within ourselves to see if we are worthy to worship, we must look to what Christ has done for His people and offers to undeserving sinners. Only when we recognize our lack of worthiness and our undeserving can we have any access to God in the first place.
If we are looking to ourselves to try to see if we are worthy, we will never be worthy. And those who think they are worthy of worshiping are the least ready to stand before God! Jesus didn’t come to save good people or righteous people, but to save sinners who have no worthiness whatsoever. Jesus came to call unworthy sinners to leave their sin and come and worship Him in all of life: Romans 5:8, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Church is not for worthy people, but for unworthy people who come because of Christ’s word of welcome, who stand only because they are clothed in Christ’s righteousness, and worship because they love the Lord who loved them first and gave himself for them.
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