Don’t be casual.
Hebrews will tell us to “not neglect” or “not forsake” the gathering together of the saints, yet the attitude concerning church attendance is disconcerting in a large majority of churches today. In polls they consider someone who attends once or twice a month, a regular attendee. The language that is used about the church in the scripture is familial; brothers, sisters, bride, and husband. I don’t think your wife or husband would think much of your once a month attendance at the dinner table or more importantly in your bed. We are His bride. A bride does not behave as a mistress with casual, occasional visits expecting favors in return. A bride devotes herself to her husband, working tirelessly, desiring his presence, reading his love letters, telling others how great and wonderful he is. Intimate time with the family of God and your future husband is not to be taken with a casual attitude. The privilege we have to attend at all, sit under pure gospel teaching, sing, worship, repent, and encourage one another is unparalleled. Yet our pitiful excuses come easy from our lips. “I just got a team of oxen and I have to try them out,” or “I just got married,” or “I am out of butter,” we place our plans, wants and desires over the directive from the Lord! I know your natural man is kicking back right now with, “you don’t know how busy I am,” “you don’t know how tired I am,” truthfully I don’t know … what I do know, is that the God of the universe knew how busy and tired you would be when he penned the words, fail not to assemble yourselves.
This verse goes on to say, “even more so as you see the day approaching”. There can be no doubt the day is approaching, but this is not a scare tactic to say get to church because the world is about to end. Rather, run to the family for help and encouragement as the world grows farther from God. It is saying, in this dark place of pilgrimage run to your husband, hear His heartbeat, draw strength from His word spoken over you as often as you possibly can! He is a present help in the time of need and you are in NEED of a Savior.
-Pat Reed (A beloved of Jesus. A wife, a mother & grandmother. A worshiper. A cancer survivor. Passionate about seeing the lost come to Christ.)