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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)