Why It Is Important

If you could have only seen my face when I listened to the radio this week driving to work! I heard one of the most interesting discussions on talk radio that I have heard in quite sometime. The discussion was on “days it was OK to miss church services”. On the list was Wednesday night and possibly Sunday night, and even Sunday morning for certain reasons. The host of this radio program believed that only the Bible class teachers needed to be present on Wednesday night and made the comment “We’ll I think it would be important to be there if you are a teacher, but if you aren’t teaching then it’s ok”. I was shocked because the host of this program is very and seemingly deeply religious people. The reasons for missing went on and on, but the main point is, although the talk show host I listened to believed it would be OK to miss for certain reasons, in reality, God never gave His seal of approval. 

The question really comes down to this “what would prevent us from being at every service of the church?” The Hebrew writer has made it clear that our attendance at every possible opportunity is not just requested but is needed, look at this verse with me “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Heb 10:24-25). God expects we will make every attempt to be at every service of the church, and every activity possible, is it because God needs us here? Not really, rather God knows we need each other here. The Hebrew writer says we should consider one another so that we can stir up love and good works. Agape is the kind of love stressed here, so literally the Hebrew writer is stressing that as we are together  more and more the “agape” love that we should have for each other will continue to grow.

The Hebrew writer does not stop there, he says “Exhorting one another” and so much more as that day of Judgment approaches. The question is, how do we exhort one another? We do it by “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together” and we are even warned “as is the manner of some”. There will always be some who will find it not important to be associated with their Christian brethren at every possible opportunity, but each of us who truly love God will always make ourselves available. Someone told me some time ago that it is impossible to really love God, and not love His word and His people.