Forty percent of Christians claim to go to church each Sunday. But do they take their church attendance seriously? Hebrews 10:24-25 states, And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. So according to God’s word, meeting up is important for Christians. The following are some reasons we should attend regular service:
- Fellowship with other Christians gives you spiritual strength to face the world;
- You can find places where God might use you; and
- It’s important for spiritual growth.
However, there are those who treat church like they do Thanksgiving Day at a relative’s. They come in late, disturbing everyone else already seated. They leave early, before the end of the service just to beat the traffic. Kind of like the people at holiday dinners who leave just as cleanup is about to begin, rushing out before anyone asks them to lend a hand.
Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man.
– Dwight L. Moody
Then there are those attendees who’d rather be elsewhere. They race out the door barely giving anyone another glance before they screech out of the parking lot. We all know how important it is to get in front of the television before kickoff.
Then we have the “bedside Baptists” who refuse to even get out of bed in time, so they just watch a sermon on the television. I’m not referring to those ill or unable to get to church, I’m talking about those who find it more an inconvenience to attend than anything else.
Do you see your church as a place to worship and spend time with God, or do you go just so you can pat yourself on the back?
Church service is an important part of a Christian’s walk, one we should take seriously. If you’re able, attendance should be a priority. If you don’t attend regularly, ask yourself why? If it’s because you’re too ill, fine. But in most cases, it comes down to just not wanting to go.
We need to stop looking at attending church as something that takes up our time and is bothersome. It’s too important. And quite frankly, Jesus was a little bit more than inconvenienced with He died upon that cross for us.
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