Today’s Scripture: Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Why are you going to church this Sunday? Someone wrote, “Some go to church to take a walk. Some go to church to laugh and talk. Some go to church to meet a friend. Some go to church, their time to spend. Some go to church to meet another. Some go to church, a fault to cover. Some go to church for speculation. Some go to church for observation. Some go to church to doze and nod. The wise go there to worship God.” What category do you fit in?
Church allows Christians to worship the Lord, but they can worship God anywhere. Church provides teaching from God’s Word, but Christians may find sound Bible teaching from other sources. Of all the reasons for church attendance, perhaps the greatest is the sense of fellowship and community church offers. Only in church can Christians experience fellowship with other believers. Only in church can Christians find encouragement from likeminded friends when their faith is wavering. Only in church can Christians be provoked to love and good works. Only in church can Christians benefit from personal, pastoral counsel.
Christianity has a personal side, and the face of Christianity is the local church. Church should be a place where believers are built up, relationships are strong, and unity prevails. Each member, from the pastor to the church greeter, has a unique part to play in making these Biblical ideals reality.
Are you making your church an inviting place for other believers? Are they comfortable to spend time in fellowship with you, or do they keep their distance because of cliques, racial or social prejudice, gossip, and petty conflicts? If church is where believers need to be, then let’s make it a place where they want to be. Will you do your part?
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.