“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.” – Hebrews 10:24-25
One of the main reasons we are to regularly gather as a body of believers is because we need each other. I need you. You need me. We encourage each other. And if you’re a follower of Christ, it’s pure selfishness when you don’t gather with other believers.
Now, if you’re listening to a message on radio or watching on television because you physically can’t come to church, that’s one thing. It is my prayer that the Holy Spirit with fill you with a supernatural feeling of worshiping with a body of believers. But, if you’re able to come and are not, quit forsaking a body of believers. They need you. Please come home. And if you belong to another church and you’re neglecting that church, please go home to your family of believers. They need you. And you need them.
If you are physically hungry or thirsty, can you be fed or have your thirst quenched if you don’t eat and drink something? Of course not! Well, in the same manner, our spiritual beings grow hungry to be fed by the Word of God and to have our thirst quenched by the living water of Jesus Christ. Without it, we grow weary, lose our way, and begin looking to other things to fill that empty place in our hearts and before you know it, we’re lost in the desert somewhere, trying to figure out how we got there.
If we stay closely connected to each other through a Christ-centered, Bible-teaching church, we can hold on to each other when times are tough. We can pray for each other, listen to each others problems and offer to help when someone is in need. But the most important thing we can do as a body of believers is regularly worship Jesus together. That is life transforming, indeed. So, if you’ve been neglectful in gathering with other believers, get yourself back in church this week. Come home to your family of believers this Sunday.