Should Going to Church be a Priority? | Pastor William Bedsole

 “You don’t have to go to church to be a good Christian.” This is a statement you often hear from people. Well certainly we can’t live in church 24/7. We all have lives to live, jobs we work, and families we lead, but people try to say it’s not important that they be in church with others. People often exclaim, “Well, I can stay at home and watch television ministers and be just as good a Christian.” No you can’t. We all need one another; one another’s fellowship, encouragement and presence.

Hebrews 10:25 says, “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.” We’re not to be as some that neglect to gather together with others of like precious faith. For what purpose? To build up one another; to encourage one another.

Proverbs 27:17 says, “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” We all need this kind of sharpening. When you encounter others you can lift them up, cheer them up and even sharpen their countenance. We as the Body of Christ need each other. Sometimes, in the midst of trials, people feel alone, forsaken and overwhelmed. That’s where a church family comes in, that will stand with you and support you. All it takes many times is something simple like, “We believe in you. We’re standing with you and are praying for you.”

Unfortunately, people isolate themselves from the help they could receive that comes by being a part of a local church body. Many times, people want you to produce a miracle for them in one hour, when, if they had been going to church regularly, they could have been receiving what they needed on a continuing basis. God does work miracles, but how much better it would be to receive them from God on a weekly and daily basis!

People are busy. This is a very busy generation, but people allow their busyness to totally sideline them. They’re always tired, worn out, and have no time for God. But we’re to give God our best. Guaranteed, if we give God our best, including our time, then things will go well for us.

So don’t come up short in life because of failure to maintain priorities. Put first things first. If you want God’s help, to grow spiritually, you must put spiritual things first. God wants us to grow up in the knowledge of Him. Growing up to where we can help others. So be a blessing to others by your encouragement. God wants to meet people’s needs and you may just be the answer to their prayers with a smile on your face. That day is approaching when Jesus shall return for the Church, but until then, let’s be about the Master’s business, planting ourselves in a local church.

© 2014 The River Church Dickinson
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