For others, so long as they go to church and partake of the Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7 it was the whole reason for coming together), they can leave anytime after we partake and they’ve done their weekly duty.
And there are others who really don’t see much purpose in assembling together at all. They will come if they don’t have anything better to do...and pretty much anything else is better to do.
I want to share something I read a while back in another congregation’s bulletin (who was reprinting it from another congregation’s bulletin). The article was titled “We Need Your Light.”
Many, many years ago a traveler came to a village when night was approaching. He saw several people walking down the street with their lanterns all going in the same direction. He stopped one of them asked, “What’s going on?”
The man replied, “These people are going to church. Every time they have evening church they were asked to bring their own lanterns to the evening service. There is no other way to light the building than for everyone to bring their own light. Each one of them realizes that if he or she is not there, the church will be darker.”
The traveler, curious, follows them into their fellowship. There he found that on every seat was a place to hang their lantern. As more and more people came, the building got brighter.
You see, when you’re not here, we miss you and our light is not as bright. Your light is truly needed. We don’t want our fellowship to be darkened. We want every one to see that we are not only a light to each, but a light to the world so that all may see the glory of God.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)
No one likes to walk in darkness, therefore, let your light shine.
So if the brightness of the church depended on you, how brightly would our light shine?