Hebrews 10:24-25 states, “…and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.”
The Word of God teaches people to meet on a regular basis as a body of believers. Gathering together is a good thing mandated by God.
We are also called to worship the Lord God Almighty. God desires the praises of His people. The ultimate gathering of worship will someday be in a place known as heaven.
People tend to make all kinds of excuses for not attending church or being a part of a church family. I once read an article by Mike Herman on the 10 Excuses Not to Attend Church.
His emphasis was the inconsistency of the logic used by some people when they make excuses for not attending church. He applied the most common excuses for not attending church to other areas of life.
Let me give you an example.
Ten Reasons Not to Wash:
- I was forced to as a child.
- People who make soap are only after your money.
- I wash on special occasions like Christmas and Easter.
- People who wash are hypocrites—they think they are cleaner than everyone else.
- There are so many different kinds of soap; I can't decide which one is best.
- I used to wash. It got boring, though, so I stopped.
- None of my friends wash.
- The bathroom is never warm enough in the winter or cool enough in the summer.
- I'll start washing when I get older and dirtier.
- I can't spare the time.
Even though this was written tongue-in-cheek, it displays a truth that is irrefutable. Excuses are simply made up reasons for not doing what we really don’t want to do.
As I think about the cross of Jesus, I marvel even more at the depth of commitment displayed by Jesus as He went to the cross. If anyone ever had just cause to make excuses for not being hung on a cross, it was Jesus.
But He made no excuses. He simply suffered the humiliation and willingly died on our behalf. It’s too bad people make excuses for not attending church to learn about and to worship the One who made no excuses.
For those of us who do worship the Lord every Sunday, are there other areas in our lives where we fail to do the will of God because of excuses that suit our desires?
Something to think about…