We live in a “buffet” culture. Most of us have been to a buffet to eat. There are so many choices for us to choose from. Any type of meat; side; salad; soup; or dessert is readily available to us in any quantity that we desire! It is a glutinous time of joy, but if you are like me, that joy is followed by an immediate regret when I am full.
Like a food buffet, our lives are similar. Daily, we are inundated with choices of what we can do with our time. We have errands to run; groceries need picked up; kids have sports or after-school activities; we can go to the gym; or watch a movie; we can take a trip to the shore, or a local state park; we can go to the mall, or out to dinner. You get the point! We have an endless amount of options to choose from in our “buffet” of life.
There is one critical element to add- – where does your church attendance fit into this “buffet?” In short, church attendance is not on the menu at the “buffet” because church attendance IS NOT optional. When we schedule our lives, which I understand are super busy, church attendance must be a priority and not just another option on the “buffet” of life.
Now let me be clear, when I talk about the church, I am talking about the community of believers that make up the Body of Christ. Church is not a building, as you know, but church is a people set apart by the Lord Jesus to fulfill His mission on earth. There is nothing in this lifetime more important than the assembling of the saints (we are called saints in the Bible) together.
The writer of Hebrews warns us that we must not stop going to church as some have because when we neglect going to church, we are living outside of the will of Jesus for our lives. The Scripture’s put it this way:
24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 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.
This passage reminds us:
- When we assemble we stir each other up for love and good works. We need a constant reminder of what love looks like and what serving the Lord looks like.
- We should NOT neglect meeting together. Choosing to do anything other than assemble with the Body of Christ is removed from the will of God.
- Do NOT make it a habit to not meet with your church family. Habits are hard to break. If you get into the habit of choosing a “buffet” lifestyle, then it will become harder and harder to gather with your church family consistently.
- Meeting encourages the souls of everyone that attends. You are an important part of the church family! Do not believe the lie that it does not matter if you do not attend, because you are a vital part of the church family! We need you to be present!
- Jesus is coming back. We do not know exactly when, but until He returns, we are implored to gather together as we faithfully proclaim His love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, and stir each other up for good works.