And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 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.
If we are not careful church can become just another object to check off of our list at the end of the day. We go because that’s what Christians do. That’s what Grandma and Grandpa did, and they would certainly be disappointed if we didn’t follow suit. Nonetheless, the church should be more than just a ritualistic duty in the life of our religion. We should go with the distinct and passionate purpose to learn, to worship, and to fellowship with our brothers and sisters. When church becomes just another task to complete we are essentially saying that worshipping God is boring. It shouldn’t be. We should look forward to this day more than any other day of the week. The church should be our safe place. It’s our home. Our family is there. They need us, and they need us to show up. We are each other’s familiar, kind faces in a scary and unpredictable world. We laugh together, cry together, and if you are baptist then I know you eat together. A lot. Our church family is depending on us for prayer and to pick them up when they fall. We need each other. The church needs us to draw people into the doors by the love of Christ, but it we don’t want to go to church, why would anyone else? Get excited. Get others excited. We get to go and worship The King of Kings. We get to hangout with Jesus. It’s better than date night. It’s better than a sports event. It’s better than your favorite TV show. If we are not eager to go then we are doing the church a huge disservice. Our enthusiasm can ignite a spark that has been missing in another person’s life. By serving with a genuinely happy disposition someone may begin to wonder how they can also feel that type of joy. So, Christians, let’s have each other’s back. Let’s look forward to serving with one another, and when you see someone start to fall – pick them up. Let’s get excited to worship Jesus. Let’s go to church on fire because we love Jesus, and we love our brothers and sisters in Christ. We all have the same goal – get as many people into Heaven as possible. It’s go time.
Dear God, today please help me see if one of my brothers or sisters in Christ is struggling. If they are, give me the right words to say to encourage them. Let others see the excitement in my heart, and let them know it’s because of you. I want to be a vessel for you. Amen.