Hebrews 10:25 – Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching
Can you remember a time when you were away from home? It could have been on a vacation or business trip. When you leave you’re excited about what lies ahead but as the days pass you begin to long for home and all that it means. Home is where we are grounded and in essence who we are. Home is comfort, home is belonging, home is discipline, home is learning, home is unconditional love and so much more, in fact, without a home we’re pretty much lost. Of course there is a point when, if we’re gone too long, we begin to forget about some of those things that makes home so special. You’re not sure why, but you begin to feel empty inside, like a part of you is missing.
The same can be said for our Christian walk and in particular, Going to CHURCH. Just as we lose a part of ourselves when we’re not at home, we can’t be the same Christians when we’re not in church. Church is a way of regenerating ourselves after a long week of dealing with the world. Corporate worship is important. I know many people who believe they don’t have to go to church to believe. They’re right, but are you going to be the same student if you don’t attend school? I doubt it. I’ve heard lots of explanations as to why people don’t go to church and by and large it’s tied back to RELIGION, not church or God. If you’re one of those, find a Bible based church that brings the good news of the Gospel every week without a lot of ceremony, just good old Bible based sermons (the good & bad) and great worship music!
When we neglect the benefits of going to church then our relationship with God will soon become the victim. We are stronger in our faith when we share and experience it with others. When we bond with other believers we’re more likely to follow God on a daily basis, especially in dark times. In short, we grow in our relationship with God through experiencing worship with our fellow man. Rejoice in knowing that church is home, with a family ready to support you through your highest highs and the lowest lows.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 – Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.