What is your connection to church? What holds you there? Why do you return? These are questions that are asked by many people every day and the answers are as numerous as those answering. Church goers attend for various reasons; their spouse goes to church, it’s expected of them, they were raised a certain way, it’s what you do to be a good person, or it’s a positive social activity. The list is endless.

Churches today offer opportunities for connections, but unfortunately they are based on a false hope. It is like there is an effort to create ties with the institution or the people of the organization called church, but there isn’t a deep tie to God. An alliance with God costs something; it takes work and a lot of soul searching. This could be too much for people who just want to float by and look good because they go to church. But with out a personal relationship with God, church will only be a form or tradition.

In Luke 6:46-49 it discusses the parable of two men that built houses, one on the rock and the other on sand. When the storms of life came against them, it was the house on the rock that stood, while the house on the sand collapsed. The houses are our lives, the Rock is Jesus and the sand is the world. To guarantee a sure foundation for our life, we have to build on the Rock Christ Jesus, securing that connection to him. If we take this step, when the trials of life come, we can be sure that we will not fall; God is there to help, protect and guide. However, if we think little about the seriousness of our life’s foundation, when the storms come, the sand will wash out from beneath us and we will have nothing.

We have to be willing to take the responsibility for ourselves to make sure we have a strong connection with God on which we can build our life. It is not enough to go through the motions or to “look good”, it is necessary that we dig deep with in ourselves to fully have that direct link to God. It is through this deep connection with God that we can have life and true hope in what he can do for our lives.

At the Church of God, we encourage all those that come to seek for that connection with God. In Matthew 7:7-8 it calls us to “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” KJV It is God’s will that we have this personal relationship with him and he has promised that if we truly desire to have that connection, he will grant it to us.

After obtaining that connection, when asked why you go to church, your answer will be full of hope and life.