Hebrews 10:25 – “Don’t neglect to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
There’s not a lot you can do with one individual Lego. If you were a child (or a really bored adult) you might pretend its a car or an animal or a hockey puck but beyond that there’s not a lot you can do with it. If you join it together with a few 100 of its friends however the possibilities are endless. You can build and create and play and enjoy.
The same is true for the church. Somewhere along the way people have begun to believe that they don’t need the church. I can worship God wherever I am is the mantra of many. And while it is true that you can and should worship wherever you are each and everyday, it is also true and important that people come together for worship. It is God honoring and it shines as a lighthouse to the community. There is something special about worshipping together as part of the family of God. It is not only a good witness, and it is not only God honoring, it is commanded in Scripture. Why? Because worshipping together as the church triumphant is important.
The writer of Hebrews says make sure that you do it “all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Why does he say that? Because he knows that in the last days things will be difficult for followers of Christ and when they meet together they will be encouraged and strengthened. But I believe that there is another reason and it is this, the writer knows that in those last days people will begin falling away from the church. Even those who are followers of Christ will begin to forget the importance of church. Busyness, worldliness and apathy will set in, and many will say I don’t need to go to church, I will just stay home.
Again we can worship at home, but church is more than just a worship service. It is believers serving and worshipping God together. Yes when we meet God is glorified and people see us making Jesus a priority but it even goes beyond that. When we meet together we encourage each other, so when we don’t go we miss out on an opportunity to be encouraged but also to encourage someone else.
Many times people ask the question, “what can the church do for me?” And that is a fair question, we should be getting something out of church but it’s not only getting it is also giving. John F. Kennedy’s famous remarks about our country also ring true about the church do they not, “ask not what your church can do for you, ask what you can do for your church.” It’s ok to ask what the church does for us, hopefully it provides us a place to worship, a place to be encouraged, and a place to be loved. But we must also ask what we can do for the church – we can serve and love and encourage. We can make corporate worship a priority following the commands of God and honoring Him while we are being a witness to the world.
Legos aren’t very good on their own. Christ-followers aren’t either. We need each other, to encourage and to be encouraged, to worship, to love, and to serve together as the body of Christ. So get involved, after all you are a piece of the puzzle or maybe I should say you are a brick in the sculpture. When you do God will take you and use you to build something beautiful for His glory!