What is one of the must unsung things we as believers can do to help our congregations, our church family, our own pursuits of holiness?
Faithfully attend every service held in our local body.
Look! It’s so un-shiny, it’s so un-glitzy, it’s so . . . so . . . so boring.
Being there Sunday in, and Sunday out, on time, focused, in your pew, every week.
Where is the glamor? The excitement? The passion!?
Something inside us wants it to be more. We want to see!
Granted, there are some bigger and more obvious ways you can serve and encourage your church, but this is the best place to start. Start with the quiet and ordinary. Isn’t it funny how God always calls us to self-denial? We want something big and bold and he gives us something quiet and ordinary.
Think about it. Faithful attendance:
First, it encourages your pastors. They’ve worked diligently all week to be ready to preach to you because they care about your soul. Have you ever thought about how discouraging it is to them when you don’t come, or you come in late, or you get up and down over and over? They are the messenger of Christ with a word from the Lord and you over slept?
Second, think about the other members. If so and so with five kids can get there, why not you? If so and so who is sick or over worked, or old got there, why not you? And how discouraging is it to your church when you decide not to make attendance a priority? Think how it might tempt others who are already struggling with faithful attendance.
You can encourage the whole body just by being there, not to mention feed your own soul!
Third, think about the outside world and the message it sends when you give up on all the ‘Sunday’ stuff to be at church. This sends a stronger message of your walk than all the tracks or evangelism you could ever participate in.
All that, and it’s so easy, so ordinary, so boring: be at church every Sunday, every Wednesday, faithfully.
We live in a world trying to divest itself of the ordinary. In doing so, it misses the beauty and power of living a quiet, ordinary life. Don’t listen to the lies. Be content and even joyful about being ordinary.