Easter is amazing time of year, mainly because of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus. Also though, the weather is warming up and the trees are blooming. Baseball is now underway and summer is near. Easter brings about a time to buy ridiculously colorful outfits and new Facebook default pictures because of it. Everyone is at church, I mean man are the churches packed out. Everyone takes to remember Jesus. Now it is Monday, does it all change? Now what?
Are you going to church next Sunday, or are you going to wait till Christmas time? I often invite people to church, and they tell me they are Christians but they don’t attend church. I will not argue that these people are lost, that is not my place and I know Christians who are not in church. I will argue however that as believers we need to be at church for more than the important Sundays.
“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching”
That is plain as day to me that says we need to be in church. It is simple, you will naturally be like the people you are around. Are people in church always good? No, have all fallen short of the glory of God. The Lord does though want us to surround ourselves with those like Him. If you are out of church, I imagine you are more than likely not around those in church. As humans we are easily swayed to like those in the world, but we are called to be a part from this world.
… so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each
member belongs to all the others.
Another point clearly given, which play an important role in the church. Some are gifted through teaching, hospitality, and technology roles. The list goes on and there is a job for you. If you aren’t going to church, well part of the body is missing. For the church to be fully effective, it needs all its members working together for the same goal. To win the lost to Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:14-23
Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor.
I think you get the point I am making. It is great to see the churches packed out on Easter Sunday, to celebrate our risen Lord. But is also disheartening to go back the next week and see the numbers down. Also, as people who do go back we are responsible in getting the others to come. Cut them no slack, they are your brothers and sisters, and a party of the body. I challenge everyone to get involved in their church, if you do it is so much easier to go. The reward is great, but the job you are doing is even better. I hope to see you at church this Sunday! God Bless