Call 2 Fall

C2F Journey: Day 24

Do you neglect regular fellowship and meaningful service through your church?

According to Hebrews 10:25, it is a major sin to neglect regular fellowship and worship with the body of Christ. "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."

God strongly emphasizes the importance of staying closely connected to a local body of believers. According to 1 Corinthians 12:1-26, all believers are to stay in genuine fellowship and close relationship with a local congregation.

God does not intend for anyone to be a "lone ranger" or an isolationist"! In our day of selfish individualism, many people join a large church so they can get lost in the crowd. They come and receive blessings, but then go home without any real fellowship or closeness with other believers. (And that's exactly the way they want it!) Such a pattern is totally unbiblical and inherently selfish.

Still others seek a church that will "bless them" without asking how they can serve or give in return. Many people selfishly shop for a church like they shop for a health club. They want one with the most benefits and least cost! Churches in growing areas have more people to work with, while churches in tough areas (where ministry is so needed) often starve for Christian workers.

Today it seems many want to sit and be served, but few want to get up and serve. In seeking a church, our primary prayer should not be "What can this church do for me," but rather "what can I do for this church?" It is a major sin not to be involved in consistent giving and service through a local body of believers. Obviously, this principle does not apply to the homebound or seriously ill. Also there are exceptions in the case of those called to itinerant ministries. (Yet, even they need a definite home church!)

Another common form of this sin is the tendency to drift from church to church. Such people often become permanent visitors. By doing this, these believers never form deep biblical fellowship with other Christians. They also avoid personal responsibility and spiritual service for the good of Christ's Church. As a result, they can never grow up spiritually or be truly right with God. Unfortunately, Satan often deceives such people into believing they are somehow fulfilling their responsibility to Christ's body. Ask God to search your life and reveal ways you are neglecting consistent fellowship and substantial service in the local body of Christ.

Questions for Reflection: Are you a spectator rather than a participant in God's work? Do you consistently receive, but seldom give? Have you become a permanent visitor who never seems to plug in and serve God? Friend, if you want to be right with God, you must decide to embrace a church and go to work! Resolve now to immediately obey God in full commitment to a local body of believers.

As we confess and forsake our forsaking regular attendance in God's house, of treating church like a spectator sport, a place where we can be entertained and served rather than serve, let us rejoice in God's grace and mercy and ability to change our lives (Romans 8:1; 1 John 1:9).  His mercy is higher than the heavens!

And failure to recognize our responsibility to Gods people and need for them, may we place our sole trust in the person of Jesus Christ, "the author and finisher of our faith."  (Hebrews 12:2) 

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