Hebrews 10.25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
God has ordained The Lords Day as a day to honor Him, hear His word and reflect on His blessings. God instructed men of Israel to assemble three times annually for feasts: Passover, Weeks, and Tabernacles ( Ex. 34:23-24). One reason for this was to maintain national and spiritual unity among Israel. It is important for God’s people to assemble, and He commands this. Attendance at public worship should be a priority with every believer, just as it is a priority with God. Sad to say, Sunday has become an “optional” day off worship for many people.
Sporting events, hiking and a number of other things have taken priority over gathering together. This “need ” to kick back is because of the strenuous workload we carry. I do not believe we are any busier or hard working than Gods people were in the Old Testament. They did not buy or sell on the sabbath. They did not “catch up” on things around the house. They gathered together with the people of God to worship, fellowship and spend the day enjoying Him and His blessings. The pressure of our culture is causing an erosion of spiritual principles, much to the demise of the churches effectiveness. Because “grace” is free, when something needs to be eliminated from our busy calendars, the first thing to go is the things of The Lord. But beloved, grace, though free, is not cheap. Look at He Who hung on that cross. He is Who we belong to and owe our very lives.
So, what are your plans for Sunday? Put God first. Honor Him. In Isaiah 58, what did God mean when He called the Sabbath a delight, and for what reasons? God has ordained our day of worship as the day of rest and spiritual delight. It keeps our faith fresh and energizes our soul. God has designed the times of gathering together for our good. Beloved, pray for your church and purpose to assemble with your brothers and sisters in Christ for worship, fellowship and the instruction of Gods Word. There is a credit card commercial with the catchy phrase, “what’s in your wallet?” I ask you to look at your calendar and answer, “what’s on your calendar for Sunday?”