The Day Church Was Canceled
"And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25
This last weekend my church was canceled. Not because of inclement weather. Not because of impending terrorist threats. Not because of catastrophic events beyond their control. They just took a week off. The weather was beautiful, a rare happening in the frozen state of Minnesota. Breakfast places were open, the N.F.L. was on, retails stores were open for business, but the church - closed. And it wasn't only my church; it was others. And I reflected on this all day - it bothered my soul (and my family's too). Something was missing in my spirit. Something gone from my week I couldn't reconcile. I reflected on this all day. And the words above came to mind, "as you see the Day drawing near."
Question: What if Jesus came back last weekend?
Would he have been in utter shock to see his persecuted church in North Korea meeting in secret for fear of life while his American church took a break? In the times we American's enjoy, it might be time to ask if we have become soft because we've "neglected" not only God but "encouraging each other." Possibly it's time to reconsider our ways and how we have welcomed ease and consumerism that keeps us from the "stirring" we so desperately, regularly, and habitually need. I praise God that he didn't take a break on me and that on that resurrection Sunday he didn't stay in his grave, but got up for me.
DO THIS: Don't take a break on God, even when others do, and don't neglect your brothers and sisters in Christ.
PRAYER: God, may I never neglect your gathering, people, and mission.