So many people go to church, or don’t go to church for the wrong reasons. How many times have you heard, “I just don’t get anything out of it.”? But guess what, going to church is not really about you, it’s about God and what you owe him. (Hint: everything.)
In his excellent essay about the doctrine of extra ecclesiam nulla salus (�outside the Church there is no salvation�), Dr. Jeff Mirus writes:
Third, the Church is the most effective and complete means for drawing into union with God. By some flaw in our modern sensibilities, we often frame this entire question exclusively in terms of �salvation� as if salvation is the primary focus of religion. Ever since Lutheranism was founded by a man who was neurotic about his own salvation, a sort of skewing of religious reality has to some degree infected all Christians (one scholar has called this the problem of the ego in faith). In reality, the primary focus of all true religion is to give glory to God. We do this first and foremost by responding to His invitation to draw into the closest possible union with Him. It is precisely this union which gives Him glory. And it is precisely into the Church that God has poured all the means of union. [emphasis mine]
That was so well put, I just had to record it for myself and pass it on.
Even though I know the above, however, I’m not immune from falling into the mindset he describes. For me, though, the biggest antidote is praying the psalms daily. Starting the day with:
Come let us sing to the Lord
and shout with joy to the Rock who saves us.
Let us approach him with praise and thanksgiving
and sing joyful songs to the Lord.
Yeah, that helps me keep things in perspective.