I do not go to see the people or be seen by the people, I go to worship. Having other people there to worship with is a pleasant bonus.
I do not go to church to satisfy a creed or pledge, I go to church to reinforce my creed and to learn more about it.
I do not go to church to please my family, although some of them are pleased by this. I go to church to worship and commune with my God, who has done so much for me and asks so little in return. But then I find I do not just want to “go to” church…I want to have “church” in my heart all week long. This is more than being a “true believer.” This is the first step in becoming a disciple.
And although Jesus does not command some of the things I do out of love, He encourages me to do them by being an example of love. And out of love, I would follow Him anywhere!