Don't allow church to become an option

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All over America people have allowed attending church services on Sunday to become an “option”. They have replaced that time of worship and renewal with worldly pleasures and they have put God on the back burner.

Hebrews 10:25 says, “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.”

Meeting together with like-minded people is vital to the Christian walk. This is the time when you receive the encouragement to face the trials this life can throw at you. Yes, you can worship God from a deer stand, or from a fishing boat, or even from the side of swimming pool; but, you can’t get that much needed interaction with fellow believers and you most likely will never experience the presence of the Holy Spirit like you would in an actual worship service.

The moment you allow church to become an option, you are basically telling God that He can have your attention if it doesn’t interfere with your plans. And you are saying to fellow believers that you don’t need them and they don’t need you.

1 Corinthians 12:12-27 says, “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.  For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.  Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.  

Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.  And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.  If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?  But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.  If they were all one part, where would the body be?  As it is, there are many parts, but one body.  The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”  On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor.

And the parts that are un presentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.  

If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.  Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. “ 

You are all vital pieces in the body of Christ.  Please don’t allow the things of this world to draw you away from the gathering of the saints.  It is so important to come together and worship and we all need that special interaction that can only be experienced when God’s people join together in one accord.

The next time you have that conversation about whether or not you’re going to attend church on Sunday morning, don’t allow it to be an option, make it a priority in your family’s life.

Attend the church of your choice this Sunday and allow the presence of God’s Spirit, and the fellowship of God’s people to give you the encouragement we all need.

God bless and have a great week in the Lord.

Wade Philips is senior pastor of Madisonville Christian Fellowship.

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