“IT TAKES THREE TO THRIVE”
“I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.” (Psalm 122:1)
We invite lots of people to come to church with us and we hear many reasons why they cannot come. There are people who attend church simply because it is the right thing to do. They are doing their duty. If we would only realize and help others realize how much of a joy and inspiration it is (or should be) to attend the House of God; It is not a chore.
In God’s House, under the teaching and preaching of God’s man, we can learn of God’s judgments and of His gifts of grace. We can learn how God expects us to act, talk and think. The world is forever programming us on these very things, but it is not for edification, no, it is for their profit and power over certain areas of our lives.
In God’s House we can find peace. After walking and working in the world, dealing with those who are of the world, we can come into the House of God, hear His Word, and be reassured that we are safely kept in His grace which will give us peace through His Spirit. Jesus constantly used the term, “Peace be unto you!” There was peace because of His presence.
In God’s House we can find strength. This is the most important reason I find for the mid-week service. As we battle the world through the week, there are times our spiritual strength will decline. It does happen. It is a wonderful time to meet with God’s people and be encouraged as we come together. We can share with each other the trials we face and the blessings God has provided; We lift up one another and strengthen each other to continue in the good fight of faith.
When a believer begins to neglect all the services or to select only those that are convenient, it will not be too long before this bad habit will increase to more bad habits that are based on convenience rather than conviction. Many of these believers will become weaker and weaker in their commitment to their Savior, and become increasingly weak (spiritually) and become prime targets for the fiery darts of the wicked, i.e., the devil. Weak and wounded, they are very likely to “drop out” of church altogether.
But God is faithful and has provided a way to escape these hard temptations. The Word of God is powerful, precious and plentiful and will strengthen us against the “heavy weights” and “besetting sins.” Therefore, He says, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:11). Any time the thought arises within us to “skip” this service, you should be reminded of the joy, the peace, the strength and encouragement received at the church three times a week. What a small sacrifice we make for the ultimate sacrifice Jesus gave for us on the cross so that we might have the joy David spoke of as he said, “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD” (Psalm 122:11).
Pastor H. Preston Parker