Loving Christians want to be at church every time the congregation meets. They love worshiping God and being with others who worship him. They don’t allow other activities in their schedule to keep them from attending. They even don’t allow out-of-town visitors to keep them from worship. They want to be with Christians in worship even when they are away from home. They try to find a congregation and worship wherever they go.
Why are these people so insistent on going to worship? Here are four reasons:
First, they desire to express their love to God. Worship is one of the means we say to God, “I love you!” When we worship, we are meeting with God. Matthew 18:20 reminds us that wherever two or three are gathered together, “there am I in the midst of them.” When the church meets, God meets with them.
Second, they believe being with the church glorifies God. Psalm 29:2 says, “Give unto the Lord the glory due His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” There is a difference between a person who claims to follow Christ and one who publicly meets with his saints. Those who attend show their love and loyalty to the Lord; and those who forsake the assembling give their support to other things.
Third, attending worship is an interactive experience between believers. In Hebrews 10:24, the writer encourages us “to stimulate one another to love and good works.” The example of love shown by other Christians makes our own hearts bolder to love and to do more.
Fourth, worship builds us up in Christ. William Temple said, “To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God.” The more we give our hearts to God, the more we grow in faith and love, the more we become like God, and the more we are willing to serve God before other.
Let’s determine to be loving Christians and attend worship at every opportunity.
Four reasons why loving Christians insist on going to worship.