“And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved” (Acts 2:44-47).
I hope you will enjoy this quotation from Rich DeVos, Hope From My Heart: Ten Lessons for Life. He writes:
“None of us is self-sufficient in our spiritual lives. We need God, and we need each other. A lot of people go to church because they think God takes roll. For them, the important thing is to make sure their name gets checked off every Sunday on the heavenly roster. But that’s not the way it works. Church is not some kind of moral obligation, some habit or tradition that is ‘the right thing to do.’ Church is a place where we worship God, share our faith with the community of believers, build each other up, and get empowered to go out into the world and live out our faith!
“Similarly, some people think of their spiritual life as if they were one person in a telephone booth, talking to God on a private line. They don’t want to be bothered by the demands of ‘organized religion’ and don’t think they need anyone else. ‘Oh yeah, I’m spiritual,’ they say, ‘I just don’t like church.’ To those folks I say: You cannot grow spiritually in isolation.”
The Bible says, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25).
If you haven’t been in church lately, why not get started back this week? God doesn’t want us to be “lone rangers,” and even the Lone Ranger had Tonto! The truth is, we need each other! When you are absent, not only do you miss out on a blessing, but others miss out on the blessing you could have been to them. That’s the way God intended it, for us to “edify one another.” It’s awfully hard to be edified or to edify anyone else “in abstention.” Unless you have a good reason for being absent from church, we hope to see you here. The Lord Jesus does also! Amen!