Don’t Forsake The Assembly
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. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
In our modern culture, many Christians have found excuses to watch church services on their laptops or cell phones. If you have no other choice because of health or other serious matters, that’s one thing. However, the real reason most people watch a service instead of coming to church is laziness.
I have heard believers say, “I’m staying home today because my body feels like it needs to.” If that is the case, you are allowing your body to be in charge. You have given your flesh dominance over your spirit. If you stay home every time your body feels tired, the enemy will do everything he can to make you feel tired every Sunday morning.
You need to be at your church - live and in person - every week because you need fellowship with other believers. Church attendance isn’t just for your sake but for others as well. The Holy Spirit will give you words to encourage your brothers and sisters. He will show you how to prompt them to act on the love they profess to have.
If you need to drag yourself out of bed, do it because you will be blessed by someone there, and someone will be blessed because you are present.
The church community is vital to the growth and success of Christians. We should not use technology simply because it is available as a substitute for gathering together with other believers in the sanctuary.
Practical Application – How consistent is your church attendance? Commit not to miss one service over the next few months, no matter what. You will be blessed by connecting with others in the body of Christ, and others will be blessed because of you.
Psalm 133:1; Ephesians 4:4