How Important Is Church Attendance? 

Sometimes I feel like there is not enough times in the day to do all that I need to get done. How many times do we say, “If I just had more time?” Everyone has the same amount of time every day. We all have 24 hours in a day. We put off what we don’t want to do and we make time for the things we do want to do. Have you ever really thought about it like that? If there is something that you really want to do, you try everything to make sure it happens. What about attending services of the church? I often wonder what is going on in the world that people never come back on Sunday nights or Wednesdays nights. How easy is it for you to say, well it won’t hurt to miss tonight? What is so important that we choose to miss services or think that it’s not important? This is a problem all over our churches today.  

I am reminded of the verse in Hebrews. Hebrews 10:25, says “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.” Let’s take a look at the next two verses in verses 26-27 it says, “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries” The writers knew how important gathering with the saints would be. We need that weekly exhortation to keep us on the right paths in our daily walk. How easy is it fall into sin when we keep missing the services of the church? 

 God tells us that we need to study and to attend services because both are good for us. Since sin is breaking God’s law as stated in I John 3:4, “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness”, and sin is lawlessness, then we can conclude that not studying and not attending are sins. I am not talking about people who are very sick and cannot attend or are dealing with circumstances beyond their control. We are talking about those who can come and willfully choose not to. There is a couple in our congregation who are close to 90 years old and their health is poor but yet they are at every service of the church. If the miss you know something is wrong. Here not too long ago she was in the hospital and she was released on a Saturday night and was at services Sunday morning. I also admire another lady who had metastatic breast cancer, she could not sit long due to the severe pain, but was at every service she could. I have to say I admire both ladies and I hope and pray that I could be half the example that they are and were to me. Their love for the Lord is and was amazing to witness and it makes me want to be a stronger Christian.

 Imagine if everyone had this attitude, there would never be empty pews. How wonderful that would be. Everything we do in life is a choice. We choose what we wear, what we eat, and we choose whether to attend services of the church. Do you feel bad if you miss, if you don’t then maybe you need to reexamine why you became a Christian. If you cannot give God 4 hours of your time a week, then maybe you need to reprioritize your life. This life is fast paced and certainly can be overwhelming, and that is why getting the chance to slow down, learn more of God’s Word and assemble with those of the same mind, is just what you need. Think about it. Are you willing to make the change necessary to put God first in all you do? 

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