So now you are no longer strangers and aliens. Rather, you are fellow citizens with God’s people, and you belong to God’s household. As God’s household, you are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. The whole building is joined together in him, and it grows up into a temple that is dedicated to the Lord. Christ is building you into a place where God lives through the Spirit. Ephesians 2:19-22
Sunday morning there was this unmistakable “buzz” around our campus at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church. We weren’t celebrating any kind of a “special” service, it was just a regular day of showing up and worshipping God and loving each other.
Maybe that was exactly it; maybe it was wonderful precisely because we don’t need anything out of the ordinary to be motivated and excited. This is just what happens when a vibrant, love-saturated, faithful community of believers gathers for worship. The phenomenon is not special occasion specific, or production related, but a function of authenticity and truth.
People don’t come to church because something special or out of the ordinary is scheduled, church is special and out of the ordinary because people come.
One of the most potent tools available to us in terms of spiritual growth is the essential discipline of simply showing up. This Sunday, once again, I am all kinds of grateful that I did.
In love, and because love will not let me go – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.