The front page of our local newspaper reported that Nick Sargent, a recent Port Orange, Florida high school graduate, had 13 years of perfect attendance!
Imagine. Never, ever missing a day of school.
I can’t go a year without missing a Sunday at church. Truth be known, I should edit that sentence to a month not a year!
Fatigue, sickness, visiting out of town, house guests, you name it, I have found a reason (excuse) not to make it every Sunday.
How about you?
Previously I belonged to a church that made me feel guilty for missing any service or event. Not only was I there Sunday morning, I was there Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings. I was investing time in church at the expense of my family.
One day I realized that I needed to balance Home and Church.
Balance is defined as to “Keep or put (something) in a steady position so that it does not fall”
I like that.
My faith and relationship with God should be in a steady, unwavering position. CAUTION! That does not mean a stagnant viewpoint.
Each of us needs to find what is right for our families. Do we worship in a manner that our faith steadily grows?
You may ask what about the Scripture in Hebrews?
“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 KJV)
Doesn’t this mean we are to be in church every time the doors are open?
The Greed word for assembling or church is ekklésia which means called out of.
Thus we are called out of the world and to God.
“It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before Him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship Him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.” (John 4:23-24 MSG)
What I get from this is that I am to worship God with every fiber of my being, to do so daily…not just in a building, but in every action.
What does this mean to you?
Why do you attend church? To be fed? To worship? Fellowship? To have a sense of belonging?
Share your thoughts.
Hmmm…How did I get from perfect school attendance to defining ekklésia? Don’t know. I just felt lead to wonder down this path…hope this journey was one you enjoyed.
Susan Werthem is a Bible study leader, speaker and author.
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