Evaluate All Excuses

Evaluate All Excuses | February 25, 2024

One Sunday morning, two men were out fishing in a boat. After several hours on the lake without catching a single fish, one of the men said to his friend, "You know, we probably should have stayed home and gone to church this morning." The other man said, "Well, I could have stayed home, but I couldn't have gone to church." "Why's that?" asked his friend. The fisherman answered, "My wife is sick."

‌That man's answer isn't too far from how we treat church attendance. When going to God's house, we sometimes exaggerate our circumstances. We make time for the things we want to make time for in life, e.g., trips to the beach, softball, working out, or fishing. Although these are all wholesome activities, they should not come at the expense of your walk with God.

‌Church attendance is vital to your overall growth as a Christian. This perspective eventually spills over into your Bible study group attendance and connection to other edifying opportunities the church provides. As a result of having a more substantial commitment to God, your spiritual competence and discernment will get stronger. It will prove indispensable when those trials and troubles come your way.

‌Perhaps this is why the writer of Hebrews instructed all believers to focus on encouraging others toward the saving faith in Christ by faithful church attendance. The context of these verses ties to the events of the Second Coming of Christ. Whether it's the Rapture or natural death, when God calls you home to heaven, let Him find you committed to Him and not your schedule.

‌Hebrews 10:24-25 says, "And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near."

‌Let us never neglect our church attendance or Bible study groups for selfish reasons. If a family member is sick, staying home to provide assistance and support is a legitimate reason. Sadly, our fisherman friend decided that his wife was too ill to attend church, but she was well enough for him to go fishing.

‌Remember, the choice is yours. You are as close to God as you choose to be.

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