This is in no way meant to be a guilt trip or sound heartless, nor is it something said because numbers are low or offerings are poor because neither are the problem here. But as pastors we often observe how people feel obligated or compelled to tell us why they miss church or meetings as if we are The Judge in the matter. It seems that some believe that by telling us reasons why they miss it in some way appeases their sense of regret and they've been excused as if they missed school. But we're not God. We do not judge but we as shepherds are heartbroken at times to see what people miss in God's Plan by making excuses to be MIA. We as pastors are not offended when people come 2 times a month because our joy and peace are in Christ alone. What do people miss? Answers. Peace. Wisdom for this weeks' problems and pain.They miss the encouragement by a group of people that are so excited to see them. They miss everything that they need. God waits to be gracious to you in the Body of Christ. There are things God will tell you in private without the Church but there are things He will only tell you in Church through His Body on earth. He has answers for you! Stop being a victim of your circumstances, stop living in what people have done to you in the past, stop complaining about your job, marriage, & personal situations. Stop being familiar with God, stop staying away because of people - draw near to Him, God is bigger than people - His Plan is bigger than your failures and unbelief. Expect great things from God for your life & come to be a part of the greatest and hottest thing happening on planet earth today - CHURCH!
When we think of those hopes that have yet not materialized, those prayers not yet answered and the victories not yet experienced in our lives; we must see them from God's completed perspective: that those elusive hopes already exist though we do not see them yet in the timeline of our lives. Thus we never have to live in the sense of incompleteness, we never have to despair the lack, the disappointment, the searing pain of loss. Just look at your life from God's overview; that the answer stands present, completed, and waiting for you down the road and around a corner in God's plan. Don't quit, don't withdraw. Move forward step by step through the difficulties and visualize the completion of the thing - for the day will come when you meet face to face and faith will turn to sight!