Hebrews 10:25 (ESV)
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.
Jesus knew the Church was needed and necessary – not only for the world’s sake but also for yours. If you are serious about pursuing Jesus and doing all He has called you to do, then it starts with you coming to church.
Church attendance doesn’t earn you extra bonus points; it is essential for your relationship with Jesus. Thankfully, when He left the earth and ascended into heaven, Jesus didn’t leave us to fend for ourselves. Instead, He established His Church – the unified body of believers – who would gather throughout the entire earth until He returned. The Church is something we are a part of because of our decision to follow Christ, it’s not something we choose to attend or a program offered to us. If you are in Christ then you are a part of His Church.
It is important that as Christians we make coming to church a priority. It is in church that we hear the Word of God, celebrate what Jesus is doing in our lives and in the lives of those around us, support and sharpen one another, and have opportunity to serve.
If you are serious about growing in your relationship with God, becoming all He’s called you to be, and doing all He has planned for you to do, then coming to church must be a non-negotiable. There isn’t a second or third option. Church is not just a good idea; it’s God’s idea. He knew that we couldn’t do life alone!
Dear Lord, help us to make going to church a priority in our life. Help us face the excuses that we have and not give into them. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.