Just after 9-11 the roads were crowded on Sunday morning and people were filing into church buildings but that didn’t last long. People don’t have time, they are too tired, too sick, there are too many hypocrites… I’ve heard all the excuses.
I suppose that assembling for worship could be made illegal tomorrow and many wouldn’t even know it until Christmas or perhaps next Easter when they decide to make an appearance at church. Others will find some way to get to church on Sunday morning but don’t seem to really care if they make the other services of the church.
If that’s you, I hope that you will seriously reconsider this whole matter of going to church.
Consider how much the church means to God. He purchased it with His own blood (Acts 20:28). He loved the church and gave Himself for it (Ephesians 5:25). It serves His eternal purpose (Ephesians 3:8-12). How much does the church mean to you?
Consider how much we all need the church. We need the church to stir us up to love and good works; to encourage us (Hebrews 10:24-25). We need the church to help equip us for ministry and maturity (Ephesians 4:11-16). How much do you need the church?
Consider what your absence does to the church. Without you the church is fewer and weaker (1 Thessalonians 5:11-15). Without you the church has less resources and gifts to perform its work (Romans 12:3-8). Without you the whole church suffers (1 Corinthians 12:12-27). How much does the church need you?
Consider what your attendance says about your attitude toward the church. It is an indication of how important the church is to you (Matthew 6:33). It shows the level of love you have for the church (John 13:34-35). It tells on your commitment to the church (2 Corinthians 12:15). How do you really feel about the church?
I want to go to church because it means so much to God, because I need the church so much, because I know my not being there hurts the church and because I love the church with all my heart. I hope to see you in church, too!
Robert Dodson is the Preaching Minister for the Northwest Church of Christ.
6059 Azle Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76135