I, like most Pastors, am grieved at the ability of the enemy to do his terrible work. Let’s face it, Satan is good at what he does. Jesus said in the gospel of John, “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy; but I have come that you may have life and life more abundantly!”
My heart breaks when I see incomplete families coming to church without daddies; without a rebellious teen who just doesn’t want to come; without a wounded momma who simply can’t risk trusting church people again. I have prayed long and hard for such situations and continue to admonish that stalwart believer, “Don’t give up!”
The fact is, Satan is stealing from the one who thinks that church is an unnecessary activity. He deceives so cunningly that one begins to think they are not missing anything. (God forbid, if they are right.) God’s glory and presence are unique in a corporate setting of worship and teaching of God’s word. There is a cumulative effect of anointing and grace that grows and builds as God’s people come together. Just think of it: hundreds of “temples” are coming to the house of worship, bringing the very Spirit of God with them as they arrive! As they join in the crescendo of worship, the angels of heaven join in and it becomes a sweet aroma ascending to God’s throne.
In this new year with Easter just before us, allow me to encourage you to make your greatest commitment to gathering with God’s people. And, if you have family and friends that do not attend church, don’t give up. Jesus said in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Robert Murray McCheyne was so much like Jesus that his colleagues nicknamed him “Holy McCheyne”. McCheyne was Scottish pastor and author in the early 1800’s and was more than qualified to write about holiness. He wrote:
“Live holier lives: When a holy believer goes through the world filled with the Spirit, the fragrance fills the room, If the world were full of believers, it would be like a bed of spices.
If you lived a holy, consistent life, how many souls might be saved as a result. Wives might thus win their husbands without a word when they see your chaste conversation. Parents might in this way save their children when they see you holy and happy, as children have often thus saved their parents. Let your light shine before men. The poorest can do this as well as the richest, the youngest as well as the oldest. Oh, there is no argument like a holy life!”