Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. Hebrews 10:23-25
Regular or weekly church attendance has dropped in the United States. Most people do not actually attend every week. While there are lots of reasons why (sports, travel, custody of kids, etc.) its worth considering if we should go at all. Isn’t it true that if we are Christians we are ‘part of’ the church, and since we have direct access to God in prayer without a priest, do we really even need to attend? The answer from the author of Hebrews is Yes! We need to attend more than ever. He writes that because we can approach God with confidence through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (our High Priest), we should be concerned with how to build others up in their faith (literally stimulating them to love and good deeds). Jesus would call our attention to all the ‘one another’ commands. How can we do these unless we gather? Also, we should desire to do so even more as the day of Christ’s return hastens. Should I got to church this week? In the words of my Minnesota grandma “You betcha!”
Do I desire the fellowship and friendship of other Christians? Am I anticipating gathering every week in corporate worship?
God, Your church (the people whom You have called from darkness to light) are nothing short of amazing. While we are not perfected yet, the sweetness of fellowship is exquisite and the purpose of our gathering is profound. May You be honored and glorified in Your church (churches) this week. Work in the hearts of thousands in the Corona area to desire to attend church this week. I know they will be blessed in it.