golter's musings

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17)

  • A Get-to

    November 7, 2019

    I Have a Confession to Make.

     

    I need to confess to you and be honest.

     

    I remember many a Sunday when I thought, “Do I really want to go to church”

     

    I knew I didn’t.

     

    But if I was honest and actually said it, I would feel guilty. Because I knew God wants, tells and commands me to go to church. And, if my Lord tells me this, well, it must be for my good.

     

    Yes, preachers own these same feelings, seeing church as a have-to and not a get-to.

     

    “Oh, my, I have to preach another sermon. I’ll just get through it and move on.”

    I’m laughing right now as I’m typing this, for you might be saying something similar.

     

    “Oh, I have to hear another sermon. I’ll just get through it, through church, and get on with life.”

     

    But, wow, what happens in church is quite something.

     

    Church is the Holy Spirit’s workplace. And once I hear the singing of the saints, make confession of my sins and hear Jesus words of forgiveness along with my brothers and sisters in Christ, well…my heart is getting worked on and changed.

     

    I hear the three sacred readings from God’s Book. I hear the children’s sermon and the big children’s sermon. I receive without merit His Body and Blood of and from the Crucified One.

     

    What is not seen by the eye or felt by the heart is the deep down, inside the soul operating of the Holy Spirit through His Word. God is at work on me.

     

    He says Himself in Hebrews 4:12. “For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and morrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

    I need to confess to you and be honest.

     

    And, I’m so glad for the habit given to me by my Mom and Dad. Church is what you do, come rain or sunshine. It’s for your good.


    Pastor Golter is the Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran