WE NEED CHURCH! The Church is the body of Christ, and we need Christ, therefore, WE NEED CHURCH!
7 I love those who love me,
and those who seek me find me.
18 With me are riches and honor,
enduring wealth and prosperity.
19 My fruit is better than fine gold;
what I yield surpasses choice silver.
20 I walk in the way of righteousness,
along the paths of justice,
21 bestowing a rich inheritance on those who love me
and making their treasuries full.
When we seek the LORD among His people, He reveals Himself in our fellow Christians. He speaks to us through the body of Christ; He encourages us, lifts us up, admonishes us, exhorts us, teaches us, surrounds us, and fills us. There is something unique to corporate worship that we can’t get anywhere else. It’s a Spirit thing.
Consider the warning given at the end of the chapter:
32 “Now then, my children, listen to me;
blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Listen to my instruction and be wise;
do not disregard it.
34 Blessed are those who listen to me,
watching daily at my doors,
waiting at my doorway.
35 For those who find me find life
and receive favor from the Lord.
36 But those who fail to find me harm themselves;
all who hate me love death.”
When we get the attitude that we don’t need to go to church today, it had better be because the LORD has released you for the day to have private worship with Him. He does that sometimes, but it is NOT the norm. Here are some stipulations:
- Spiritual fast- God calls us to separate ourselves for private worship for a season and for a specific task or reason;
- Spiritual abuse- God does NOT call us to remain in a spiritually abusive situation. People who make us feel unnecessarily guilty in order to manipulate us are being spiritually abusive. STAY AWAY FROM THEM. Find somewhere else to worship.
- Seasons of rest- Travel with family for a vacation is acceptable, provided that we don’t take a spiritual vacation while we’re gone. Consider having at least a devotional together wherever you are that Sunday morning.
Otherwise, GAME ON! Even if we need to “suit up” when we go to church, God still calls us to meet together regularly. It’s been His established way of meeting with us for 2,500+ years. It’s not about things making sense; it’s about our obedience. Are we willing to do things His way for His purposes? We don’t have to know the reasons behind His promptings. We have died to ourselves and are allowing the LORD Jesus to live through us. He owes us NO EXPLANATION!
Today or tomorrow, let’s make a point of worshiping the LORD in a corporate setting. Whether it’s in a living room or a 2000 seat auditorium, “set your face like flint” to do what He has called us to do, which is meet together regularly.
25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:25
Abba, I know it seems like I have a vested interest in people coming to church, but it’s more than that. You KNOW that I serve You because I believe in what I am saying. You called me first as a Christian to follow You and to serve You as a regular person in the pew. You then called me out to serve You vocationally. Whether I serve You in a church full-time or whether I’m just a regular church member, I WILL meet regularly with Your body of believers because that’s a side of You I can’t get any other way. Make me a well-rounded follower of You, LORD. Amen.