Hey and happy Wednesday! I hope everyone is well.
Today’s post is a little different.
I’ve already written a post on the importance of going to worship, you can read it here.
In summary: We gather together on the first day of the week, following the example found for us in the New Testament (Acts 20:7). We gather together to praise God, remember Christ’s death and resurrection by taking communion together (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), to hear the Word and continue to grow (Romans 10:17), and to edify one another (Colossians 3:16).
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”-Hebrews 10:25
I fear that this post will come off as mean, but that’s not the heart behind my words.
2 Timothy 4:2 says to “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”
There are three approaches listed there, one of them is rebuke and in this instance, that one is needed and the only effective approach.
I am discouraged and disappointed at times in the way people who know better act.
If you know the importance and vitality of assembly and you are forsaking it (this is excluding health matters in this time), you are showing the world and the members of the church that you don’t care.
You don’t care about what God’s word says.
You don’t care about the church.
You don’t care about your own soul and the souls of your family.
You don’t care.
Stop lying to yourself and others.
When you reject the words of the Bible as needed and live the way you selfishly want, you say “so what?” to Jesus’s sacrifice.
Stop choosing sports over praising God.
Stop choosing food over fellowship.
Stop choosing comfort over the word of God.
I’ve had people around my age talk to me and tell me that they’re having a hard time going to worship because their family isn’t going, and they don’t drive.
The answer is simple: be faithful and ask someone for a ride. Try.
Stop letting your parents lead you to hell when you should be striving to lead them to faithfulness and life.
So, don’t tell me you care if you’re skipping worship.
Grace, that’s so harsh, you think.
It’s not. People make time for the things they prioritize.
If you are not making God first and foremost in your life, there is an issue.
The issue is you being lukewarm, the issue is you being unfaithful.
“So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.”-Revelation 3:16
And that is so disgusting that God will spew you out.
“For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.”-2 Peter 2:20-22
You are going back to the pollutions of the world instead of back to worship.