One of the biggest lessons I have had in my faith walk is worshiping at different churches and different denominations. Especially when I have dug in and discovered why they worship the way they do. Each of us has a different comfort level with our world, and our own faith. Each of us has a different comfort level with tradition. Each of us has different needs for religion. Each of us has a different way of expressing spirituality. Some of us are quiet, some are loud. Some are through evangelizing, some through quiet service and caring. Some are through learning and some are through listening.
But my favorite churches have been the ones where I can feel Jesus in the community.
And yes, I have been to a lot of churches where I don’t feel Jesus. I see a lot of people filling chairs, but I don’t feel His presence there.
I have been to churches where I don’t feel comfortable because it is different from my faith, but I have still felt Jesus. I have been to churches where it is so comfortable that it almost seems boring–but I have felt Jesus. I have been to churches that are exciting where I feel Him, and ones where that excitement doesn’t really feel like Him.
And each church, no matter what category, helped me learn. Each shaped my personal faith. Each shaped my vision of Christ in my life. Opened my eyes. Opened my mind. Filled me with grace.
Have you ever looked at different churches this way? Have you let other’s faith walks, no matter how different, encourage you to learn and love? I highly recommend following Paul’s advice.