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The first time you go to church, you do it for you. 

Maybe your girlfriend brings you and you go for her. Maybe you’ve been seeking and you want to find answers. Maybe it’s Mother’s Day and your mom demanded it. Maybe you want a place for your kids to grow healthily. 

But eventually, if you go long enough, you start going for God.

He offers you forgiveness and love for free. His perfect multi-facetedness never ceases to amaze you. He speaks to you in the Word. He is pleased that you’re connecting with him.

And finally, you start going for others. 

It’s not that you’re no longer going for you. It’s certainly not that you’re no longer going for God. It’s just that you learn that the whole point of you and God getting together is to bless other people. 

Philippians 2:14-16 | Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.

-Pastor Kent Reeder