Several of you have called, texted and/or let me know that last week you missed the weekly article I write. (Well … except when I am not able to write it as was the case last week.)
Have you ever had a week where it doesn’t matter how hard, how fast or how effectively you work, you still get behind? That was where I was and I am now just getting caught up. As I checked off the things do to on my list, I realized that I hadn’t written the article for last week. And it was just one of those situations where it was not going to get done.
So, thank you for taking the time to let me know you missed it and that you read it. Your encouragement goes a long way and you let me know if what I am saying makes sense to anyone other than me.
As I was thinking this week about what to write, I thought about this: how many times do we make a decision on Sunday morning not to go to church? I know I have been guilty of that at times. It’s cold and rainy (I won’t use the four letter word “snow” because I know some of you don’t like snow.) and the covers are nice and warm, and the alarm goes off, and it’s so easy to turn it off, roll over and go back to sleep. And we miss Sunday morning.
The first time is the hardest, but then it gets easier the next week and then the next week and then the next until finally, we find ourselves out of church, out of fellowship with others, and many times, out of fellowship with God. Just that one deliberate act of turning off the alarm clock that leads to being out of church for several weeks, several months or longer.
I asked one of our 7-year-olds who missed the Sunday before if she had missed me. I was hoping to hear that she did. But her response was, “No, not really.” From the mouths of children.
Well do you know what? When one of our members or one of our families is missing from church on any given Sunday, I miss them. Our church is like family and when someone is gone, they are missed. I know most pastors preach “better” when there is a full house, but beyond that, we should miss people when they aren’t in church on Sunday morning. And maybe take it a step further and call them up or send them a text and let them know they were missed.
Hebrews 10:25 tells us to not miss going to church on Sunday. Some people don’t care about church and it is evident as I drive to church on Sunday morning. I see them walking their dog, running, riding bikes, pulling their boat or Jet Ski behind them as they go off to the beach or to the lake. To many, Sunday is no more than a day off or a day to do what they want to do.
But to God’s people, God has told us to not skip out, or miss going to church. Why? Because it’s His day and we should start it out right. Because we need each other, because the church needs us and because when we don’t go to church, we are missed. At least, I hope you are in the church you attend.
Decide right now to put God first in every area of your life and especially on His day — put Him first and go to church. It will do you good and it’s the right thing to do.
And that is Something To Think About for this week.
God loves you. In spite of everything you have ever done in your life God loves you. If you are searching for God in your life, He can be found. I invite you to check out the church of your choice this weekend and start a relationship with the God of all Creation.
Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at email@example.com, www.3C-Church.org or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.