Of late I have been thinking about how privileged we are to be able to gather for worship and fellowship as a church family. There are those in some cases who cannot be a part of a Sunday morning gathering of God’s people because of illness, work or other legitimate reasons. Then there are those in some parts of the world who would literally be putting their lives at risk, but yet choose to gather with other Christians.
It is a privilege, that all too often, we take for granted. We build such busy lives and live without margins in our lives that it seems the thing that we cut out of our schedule first is our church attendance and gathering with other Christians. The question can be asked and the debate held, “Does a person have to go to church to be a Christian?” The answer would have to be, “No,” of course not. But it sure makes serving the Lord a bit easier when we receive encouragement from our fellow Believers and when we can offer encouragement to others.
Rather than seeing what you “get out of church,” try this mentality, “What can I give when I come together with other Christians?” So instead of going away asking yourself, “What did I get out of church today?” Ask yourself, “What can I give today? What can I deposit into the lives of others when I am at church?”
God did not create us to do life on our own, but He placed other people in our lives. We need them and they need us! The writer of Hebrews had the heart of God when he wrote, “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25).
Thanks for being here and for being present for one another. Your presence makes a difference!