“…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.” Hebrews 10:24-25
I had a great seat at the Super Bowl. I was right in front of the final plays, nine rows up from the field. My seat afforded me access to all the noise within the stadium (the crowd noise has less impact the higher up you are).
I sat with Seahawks fans and they are as loud as advertised. If I yelled as loudly and as continuously as they did, I wouldn’t be able to preach for a month due to hoarseness.
The environment of the stadium was electric. It was loud, it was colorful and it was multi-dimensional. Everyone was joyful and expectant. The crowd cheered for everything. It was everything you would expect of a Super Bowl.
As I was sitting in my seat, taking in all the enthusiasm and exhilaration, I had a thought. What if there was only a crowd of two? What if there were only two people watching the game in the stadium? What if there was one Seahawks fan sitting on one side and one Patriots fan seating on the other side, would it be the same? Of course it would not be the same.
Football games are meant to be enjoyed with others. Two people cheering would not be the same experience and 70,000 roaring together in unison.
Worship is not meant to be done in isolation. Gathering together with others to exalt the Lord is the best way to experience worship. Heaven is going to be a huge worship gathering of all those who have called upon the name of the Lord.
One can worship the Lord alone. In fact, we worship the Lord in everything that we do, every moment of every day. But, there is a special place for corporate worship; coming together as a Body of Christ to worship the Living God.
As the writer of Hebrews put it, the early church was committed to “not forsaking our own assembling together”. They gathered together in community to worship the Lord and encourage and stimulate one another to love and good deeds.
As I sat in my seat, I was thankful for the community of believers with whom I can worship the Lord. I look forward to and thoroughly enjoy worshiping the Lord with my Church Family at Evergreen SGV. It’s better than the Super Bowl.
Something to think about…