Do you ever wonder if whether or not you attend our worship assemblies and/or Bible classes matters? Have you ever just felt like you just didn’t want to attend? Maybe you were tired from a long day/week of work. Maybe you had just returned from a vacation and had so much to do around the house to catch up. Maybe you just plain didn’t want to attend.
Larry Dawdy was kind enough to forward me an email this past week. I’d seen the story before, but I wanted to share it with you...
A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday.
He wrote: "I've gone for 30 years now, and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons, but for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them. So, I think I'm wasting my time, the preachers and priests are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all".
This started a real controversy in the "Letters to the Editor" column. Much to the delight of the editor, it went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:
"I've been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this: They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!"
The point is that attending our assemblies is very important. You may not think that anybody notices when you are not here...but we do. You may not think that missing a service here or there (when there is no real reason to) will impact you spiritually...but it will.
We are coming up on the time when we think about Resolutions for the coming year. Why not resolve to make church attendance a priority in 2017?