Is it really necessary to try to be at all church services? Does a Christian really need to be inconvenienced when they are exhausted after a full day of life’s stresses? Well, the only way to answer this question correctly is by scripture.
The Bible says in 1 John 1:7, “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
Notice that this verse says that if we are living a true Christian life, we WILL have fellowship with saints. Not only this, but it goes on to say that the blood of Jesus Christ also cleanses us from our sins. No, this verse is not saying that going to church alone causes you to be cleansed by Jesus’ blood…but…it IS saying that if we are truly living by faith in the Lord Jesus, we WILL be in fellowship with the saints, just as the blood of Jesus simultaneously cleanses us from our sins.
So the real question is this; if you rarely want to attend church, then what kind of a relationship with God do you really have? Do you really even have a true saving work of the Holy Spirit in your heart? Because as we just read, you will be in fellowship with other saints if you do.
The second thing I want to point out is this; the flip side to fellowship because you are a believer living in light, is to be living in darkness. The Proverbs tell us, “A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; He rages against all wise judgment. (Proverbs 18:1 NKJV)”
You see, one of the reasons we do not want to attend church is because we will be told that what we are doing, or the way we are living, is wrong. Simply put, we need fellowship because it helps smooth our rough edges, and if we are honest, we sure feel a lot better spiritually when we do attend.
Yes, there are dead churches that are “unedifying,” but not all are, and if your church is dead, then why are you going there? Have you prayed about this? Are you sure you are attending where you should? Pray and trust Jesus, He will lead you.
So why don’t you attend faithfully? I’m sure you have “good” reasons, but did you ask Jesus about those reasons? Did you pray and ask Him if He agrees? Just remember one thing, there is a solemn admonition in Hebrews:
“24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
~Hebrews 10 (NKJV)
It is very difficult to keep in mind that Jesus repeatedly emphasized true faith. He told His disciples over and over that all they had to have was faith.
Yes, there is a counterfeit faith being taught today, but we must focus on being sure ours is genuine. How can you know? I would say that the key indicators are love (Galatians 5:22), and simple LIFE.
When I say life, I am referring to the fact that life brings action. Not to be confused with action bringing life. You see, many people are trying to do, do, do to be Christians, however, that's not true Christianity, it is Law.
True faith in Jesus brings the Holy Spirit within us, and in turn, HE changes us from the inside out. When He LIVES in us, we then do...not because we are trying to be a Christian, but because we are a Christian.
"But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you."
~Romans 8:11 (NKJV)