You are not the only one who feels bored at church. One Sunday a young guy named Eutychus gathered with other Jesus followers in a home, which was their custom at the time. Paul was there that day to teach. He was smart but not a great speaker, and he talked … and talked … and talked until midnight. Eutychus listened while sitting on the windowsill of a third-story room. At one point he couldn’t keep his eyes open. He fell asleep and fell out the window. He died when he hit the ground.
Before you draw assumptions, the moral of this story isn’t “pay attention in church or else!” The story isn’t over.
Everyone rushed downstairs. Paul took the young man’s dead body into his arms and said, “Don’t worry, he’s alive!” And Eutychus was fine. Someone took him home to rest; everyone else went back upstairs and listened to Paul teach until dawn.
Let’s review: Paul preached a really long time, Eutychus fell asleep and tumbled from a third-story window and died, and Eutychus was miraculously raised from the dead.
So why go to church even though it can be boring at times? In church, we get to see people come alive again. We get to see a man, deadened by addiction, reborn. We get to see a woman’s life-taking emotional wounds heal into scars. We get to see relationships and people come alive in the power of Jesus.
Church is a community of the resurrected. Paul said, “When you were dead in your sins…God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.”
It’s okay to be bored in church sometimes. God doesn’t strike us with a lightning bolt or throw us out a window. At times we’ll be tired or will find the sermon uninteresting. In those moments, we remind ourself why we’re there. Church isn’t an event—it’s a group of people who reveal where God’s bringing life to the world and how we can be part of it.
Now, you might be thinking, “I don’t see signs of life at my church. I don’t feel resurrected. The church people I know act like zombies.” Well, even zombies are the reanimated dead, right? Some people still have a long way to go to become more like Jesus– we all do. Show some grace. Help people along. Be the person that you needed during your spiritually dark times. Realize that you’re in church not just for yourself, but for others. As Anne Lamott says, you attend church to take in new life and offer it to others.