· Kerry Shook
“Some people have gotten out of the habit of meeting for worship, but we must not do that. We should keep on encouraging each other, especially since you know that the day of the Lord’s coming is getting closer.”
Hebrews 10:25 (CEV)
Church. What does it mean to you? The Bible uses many metaphors to describe it: the family of God, a building, the body of Christ, the bride of Christ and a royal priesthood of believers. Because of what religion has done, institutionalizing church, she has become more synonymous with boring, irrelevant and out-dated. Modernists wonder, What’s the point of church? Even many confessed Christ followers have fallen away and lost connection with the church today. Apparently, this was not an uncommon issue. The writer of Hebrews challenges Christ followers to realign their priorities and consider the value of church in their lives as a place to worship in community with fellow believers, encouraging each other to love and service. We need that today more than ever in our culture. We need the church. It’s vital to our spiritual health and purpose to share God’s love to a broken world. One translation puts it like this: “…not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some….” That phrase “the assembling of ourselves together” pictures how parts make up a whole when they are put together. You can have all the parts to a bicycle in a box but you’ll never be able to ride it until it is assembled. Disassembled, we have potential; but we will never realize that potential until we are assembled together with other Christ followers in the common vision to which Christ has called us. If you’ve gotten out of the habit of meeting for worship, rediscover the value of church this weekend. Shift your focus from seeking a church to meet your needs to worshipping the only one worthy of all our praise. Then look for ways God may want to use you to encourage others.