Stop Playing Church
 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
In this day and age the church has come under attack seems more than ever. We have had leaders fall for personal gain, their own demons, or the problems of this world. Although these things happen, it has brought us to a point to realize our leaders are human (and not to pass judgment) it has also uncovered that some have been playing church. But it does not stop with them, the leaders, but has flooded the pews as well. We need to stop playing church.
Playing church has been something that our parents and grandparents would warn and/or punish us for doing. They knew that the reality, severity and how sacred the Word of God was. It was something that we were not to take lightly, but we didn’t care. We were great actors, carrying on just like the preacher we heard Sunday or the deacon we heard pray or even the sister we heard sing and shout. We had the call and response down to a science and without rehearsing, we knew when to jump out of our seats during a series of words. But when grandma came out with the switch, we had to get somewhere because we knew we should not be playing church.
If you look in the churches these days, it seems like some are still in the yard playing. We still see some that are great actors; they know how to shout, when to shout, where to shout, and who to shout with. Some will sing you under the table and drink you under it as well. Some will lay hands on you in church and then meet you home to lay more hands on you. But I tell you, there is a place for all these things. When it comes to the end and the Book of Life will be opened. Some will say “didn’t I bring people to you” and He will respond “your heart was far from Me…you were just playing”. “Lord, didn’t I sing wonderfully for You”; “Yes, you sounded good…but there was no substance. You sang to hear you, not to worship Me…you were playing”. “God, didn’t my prayers reach the throne room”; “no, your prayers didn’t even make the ceiling because you were speaking to make a mockery…YOU WERE PLAYING”.
Right now I ask that you look where you are and make sure you aren’t playing church. This is not the time or season to be caught slipping. Don’t miss the train because you were getting the glory for God’s gift. Be like your cousin or friend that while you were playing church, they were for real and meet Jesus in the process. While you all were playing church, they wanted a true relationship with Jesus. Get it right and stop playing church.