The church needs you. We don’t go to church to receive, but to give. The meetings of Christians follow the principle spoken by the Master that “it is more blessed to give than to receive.”
“And let us take thought of how to spur one another on to love and good works, not abandoning our own meetings, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and even more so because you see the day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24-25 NET).
The point of the New Testament is to meet in order to encourage one another. Praise (in its widest sense) does occur in the meetings, but the modern emphases of (1) “praise” in music and (2) going in order to get, are strange to the Scriptures.
The above commandment — and commandment it is, make no mistake — is to not miss meeting as the church. The greatest motivation is the coming of Christ. He comes without warning and we must be prepared. That only happens as a part of the community.
Where will you be on Sunday?
This article was translated from the Portuguese, written originally for our devotional list “God with Us.”