The Word of God says instructs and exhorts us in Hebrews 10:25 to “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Sadly however it seems as if we are living in a day and age where many Christians are “Sunday Morning Only Christians.” And by that I mean that if the church has a Sunday night Service, a Wednesday night Service, or any other special services during the year, you will be hard pressed to find this person in attendance in any of them save for the Sunday Morning Service.
I often wonder what Christians are thinking? After all our Lord did for them, with what He allowed Himself to be put through on the cross, and then can’t endure a little cold weather, or rain, etc. to show up when the church doors are opened? I think we must not think much of the sacrifice of Christ on that cross! Evening services have long been a staple of Sunday worship in many Christian traditions. But a recent article I read shed some light on a discouraging trend: Sunday evening church service attendance is significantly down and in some cases, enough so that evening services are being dropped from the weekly church calendar altogether. What a sad commentary on the day and age in which we live!
In my life as a Christian, I have noticed the following in almost every church I have been apart of or attended. a. There are some Christians who attend every service of the church whenever possible. 1) They are present for Bible study on Sunday morning and Wednesday evening. 2) They attend both Sunday morning and evening worship services. 3) When the church has a special service, they attend each service. 4) They frequently attend special services at other congregations. b. There are other Christians whose attendance is infrequent. 1) They attend only once on Sunday, and that sporadically. 2) They do not participate in the Bible studies 3) They are not present for most services during special services. 4) As for attending a special service elsewhere, very unlikely!
I am however of the conviction that attending EVERY SERVICE makes a very real difference! It makes a difference in the spiritual life of the Christian and it makes a difference in the spiritual life of the congregation. I wish to share with you some reasons why every Christian ought to attend every service, unless hindered by illness or circumstances beyond their control. There are several reasons why many Christians have chosen to attend as they do. Why attend every service? The faithful and fruitful child of God attends…
a. To fulfill the commands of God – Hebrews 10:25
b. To grow and develop spiritually – Hebrews 5:12-14 and Colossians 3:16
c. To help the church function properly – Ephesians 4:15-16 and I Corinthians 12:12-19
d. To provide a good example and influence – 1Timothy 4:12; Titus 2:7-8, Matthew 5:14-16, and Philippians 2:15
e. To be ready, watching and waiting – Matthew 24:44, Matthew 25:13, Mark 13:33-37, and I Thessalonians 5:1-11
f. To have a clear conscience – Hebrews 9:14, I Timothy 1:19, Acts 24:16, and Hebrews 13:18
For such reasons (and many others), the faithful child of God will the same attitude expressed by the sweet singer of Israel: “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.” (Ps 122:1) Is that your attitude? In redeeming what time you have left (Ep 5:16), may you use as much of it as possible in service to the Lord and His people!