With this past week being our Easter celebration, or resurrection celebration, depending on what you call it, we saw many new faces, yet they were familiar faces. They were the holiday faces! You know, the faces that seem to show up each Easter, Mother’s Day, perhaps Father’s Day, and Christmas. And it’s so easy for us to sit back and wonder where their commitment is. We think to ourselves, “Do they really believe that showing up at church a few times a year is really doing anything for their relationship with God?” Or perhaps we think, “Why don’t they attend church on a more regular basis?”
But…, could that same question be asked of you? Too many people lack a real consistency to showing up to church. For many, church is just something they do, if and when it fits into their schedule, but it’s not really who they are. But when you are a committed follower of Christ, attending church should be part of who you are. Now I understand that work sometimes gets in the way of that, and we all need our vacations, and none of us are exempt from getting sick. But can you honestly tell me that you work, are sick, or are out of town during all the opportunities there are to attend service?
Growing up, my family was heavily involved with church. If it was Sunday or Wednesday, you didn’t have to question where we would be. If it was Sunday school, Sunday morning worship, Sunday nights, Wednesday nights, special events, basically, whenever the church doors were open, you could count on us being there. But today, too many followers feel that once a week is more than enough. Or they like to say, “Well…, Sunday school and Sunday morning are the most “important” services.” But what about the other opportunities that we off, are they not “important” enough?
Consider this, if you only spent time with your spouse once a week, how would that relationship be doing? If you only fed your physical body once a week, do you think you would survive? Or what if you only went to work once a week, would your paycheck be very rewarding?
Then why is it that we think once a week is going to keep our relationship with God where it needs to be? And why are we satisfied with feeding our spiritual bodies only once a week? And what makes us think that a once a week kind of faith is going to get us any kind of eternal reward?
The Bible says in Romans 10:17 that, “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” How are you hearing it taught, if you’re not here? Or what about Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” Don’t you want to be here with God’s presence? Or maybe you need to hear Hebrews 10:25, “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the day approaching.” And lastly, in Acts 2:42 the church is encouraged as it says, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
So, what’s keeping you from attending? What wall needs to be knocked down? Are you really “busy” each week during Sunday school, Sunday morning worship, Sunday nights, Wednesday nights? I challenge you to make a commitment to be here more, and see if you don’t experience growth in the process.