|Posted on May 21, 2017 at 9:35 AM|
Well, it has been a couple of weeks since we were on our series about worship, so today I would like to once again return to that subject. The last time we were dealing with this subject we were talking about where you worship. As I hope you remember, we talked about the fact that many people talk about going to the mountains, beach or other places in nature to worship. We talked about the fact that all of God’s creation calls us to worship and in fact it all points to His Glory. Well, today I would like to talk about the other side of this issue. What about people who make a habitual habit of missing Church because they are always going off on weekends. Yes, that is their time to get away and unwind from the stresses of the week, or perhaps Sunday mornings is the only time that they have the opportunity to go and play a round of golf. Or for others, with getting caught up on their yard work on Saturday, the only chance that they have to take their boat to the lake is on Sundays. “Surely God understands this.” Well, first of all, let me say that I realize that every one needs a break from time to time, and further I don’t have anything against people playing golf, or taking their boat out on a lake. But, should it take priority over attending church on Sunday morning? Now, once again, I’m not saying that we can never worship God in any place other than a church building, but if the boat and the golf course always comes first, then it is entirely possible that they have become an idol and it is an idol that you are worshiping and not God at all. The sad reality is that this is something that we all struggle with. We tend to always look for things that bring us pleasure. Of course, we would never call those things a god, but the reality is that we allow them to become gods in our lives, because we place them before God. The truth is, we all have a tendency to put ourselves first, thus making a god of our own selves. We become "Me" worshipers.
Under the Old Testament law the children of Israel were only allowed to worship at one altar. Now in the New Testament we are never given such a command, but we are instructed not to forsake the assembly (Hebrews 10:25). That is, we are not to forsake the assembling of the church. We are to come together with God’s people. We come together so that we can be fed the Word of God, We come together so that we might worship together, we come so that we might find other christians to have fellowship with so that we can be encouraged. We come, not just for ourselves, but for each other. We should come together so that we can be a blessing to others, we must come together so we can serve one another. God has given each of us spiritual gifts and they were given for for the purpose of being a blessing to the church. You can’t meet the needs of your brothers and sisters if you aren’t there.
- Pastor Tim