Monday, October 12, 2015

THOSE WHO WORSHIP AND THOSE WHO DON'T

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who are of the mindset to gather with the fellow Believers to worship the Lord and those who put on their bike riding shorts. The latter you will pass by each Sunday on your way to the assembly.

The Christian life includes being with Christians to encourage one another and together they worship the Lord.
"19 Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 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 10:19-25.
Again, take note that the inspired writer said not to forsake the assembly. It is only with the assembly of Christians that you can fully and completely "hold fast" and "stimulate one another to love and good deeds." The guy who is lining up Sunday football snacks and beer is of the different mindset.

Today, October 11, 2015, is the Lord's Day. It's not the Sabbath and not the day of rest, but it is the first day of the week. And being such, Christians always have assembled on this day to remember the Lord's death and to proclaim that until He comes again.

We assemble on the Lord's Day to partake of the Lord's Supper that we might always remember and proclaim the Lord's death until He comes again, Acts 20:6,7; 1 Cor. 11:23ff.

The two kinds of people are those who put God first and those who are always putting themselves first. The first shall be last and the last first. The idea of sacrificial service to God is forgotten by most.

Eternal life won't be found on the fifty mile Sunday bike ride. Eternal life won't be found on the couch cheering for your favorite team. The spirit of idolatry is revealed in these words: "They sat down to eat and drink and they stood up to play." 1 Cor. 10:7. And so with this spirit, Sunday is just another day to play or eat.

Jesus said, "He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it." Mt 10:39. What kind of person are you? Get up and worship the Lord.

I ask this with love. Dan

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