July 13, 2006

Summer Worship?

Well as we enter the dog days of Summer, I wonder how many of you people of faith have stuck God in the back of the barn with the snow shovel and salt and don’t intend to retrieve Him until the snows fly again.

In other words, how’s your summer church commitment? Are you worshipping the Creator of the Universe each week with the body of Christ, called--His Church, or are you doing what the writer of Hebrews advises against—namely, forsaking the assembling of yourselves?

Don’t give me that, “I can worship God wherever I am; I don’t have to be in a church building…” That is a true statement but the biblical fact of the matter is that 1st, you’d better be worshipping God wherever you are and NOT just in a church building once a week. And 2nd, say what you will, the fact remains, the Church is called the Bride of Christ and it is the institution He created for the purpose of corporate gatherings of followers of his to minister to one another, to praise His name, to learn more about Him and to encourage those around you.

So this idea of taking the summer off from God is, uh dare I say it, SIN. That’s right, I know it’s not a word we use much anymore but it’s still a good word!

C’mon Christian, God became a man not regarding equality with God a thing to be grasped but humbled Himself taking the form of a bondservant and being made in the likeness of men.” (Philippians 2:5ff) If he did that for you, is it too much of a sacrifice for you to honor Him by gathering with the other believers and singing and praying to His glory?

"But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.” John 4:23
Can you imagine? God enjoys hearing you sing? Hearing you pray? Hearing you talk about Him with others. I don’t get it either but He does so I’ll just enjoy it, will you?

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