Happy New Year! It’s tradition that at the beginning of each year people make resolutions. Some resolve to lose weight, others to be better parents or spouses, and still others to be more sincere Christians. Some try and claim to be Christians but don't attend church. They say, "Well, I haven't found a church I like yet, or, Sunday is my only day off!" Cards on the table, if you really love God, you will love His people and try to be with them. The Bible commands us to go to church, even to be an active part of it.
Hebrews 10:24-25 says, "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.". The Bible does not say: Don't forsake the assembling of yourselves together unless Sunday is your only day off, or unless you want to run in a half-mathlon, or get ready for a family function at your house, or unless it's a great beach day, in which case you are excused, because you just don't need fellowship as much as other Christians do.
Think about this statement, "If you love God, you will love His people and want to be with them. If you don't really love God, you won't love His people and you won't want to be with them". Some will say "I'm over the church; the people are two-faced and judgmental. It's so full of hypocrites!" My response: There is always room for one more! Understand, I am not excusing hypocrisy of any kind, but honestly, we have all been hypocritical at times. But that isn’t a reason to avoid going to church. The church has its flaws because people are in it. However, Jesus both started and loves the church. He died for it.
Being a weekly part of the family is one proof that you are indeed a child of God. The Bible says in 1 John 3:14, "We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death". Psalm 133:1 says, "How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”.
If going to church is a proof, then not going to church is a proof that something is wrong with you spiritually. We read in 1 John 2:19, "They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.". Studies show that if you don't go to church for a month, the odds are almost 2 to 1 that you won't go for more than a year. Being a vital and active part of the church is something we pass on to our kids. A study once disclosed that: If both Mom and Dad attend church regularly, 72% of their children remain faithful in attendance; if only Dad attends regularly, 55% remain faithful; if only Mom attends regularly, 15% remain faithful; and if neither attend regularly, only 6% remain faithful.
What legacy will you leave your family? What example will your kids see? Will you commit to demonstrating in 2018 that going to church is important? See you Sunday?