Sunday is a special day of each week in many ways. In the USA it is part of a weekend. For many, not all, it is a day of rest from the busy work week. For some it is a time to be with their family. Others treat it as a day of recovery from a busy Friday and Saturday, before returning to work on Monday.
But, for those who are of the household of faith, it should be the most precious day of the week. A day to come together with like minded individuals as a group and worship the Almighty God of Heaven. A day to be edified, encouraged, exhorted, and remember the Lord Jesus Christ and all the things He did to allow us to stand in a right relationship with the Father.
How do you view the day? Is it with a sense of excitement or of dread? Do you truly anticipate and embrace the fact that you have the privilege of assembling with the saints, the called out group of people, called Christians? Or is it simply that you come out of? Part of just what you do, and little or no thought is given to how much of a privilege it is to assemble and worship the God of Heaven.
There was a group of people that did not take God seriously as they should and Jesus said this to them: You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you: ‘THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME. BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.’ Matthew 15:7-9
Has your worship just become “lip service”? Has it become “something to do”? Or do you embrace the teaching and patterns found in the New Testament and look forward to attending class to learn of God, praising God in song, hearing a portion of His Word proclaimed, giving cheerfully back to Him, hearing prayers to the Almighty, and partaking of the Lord’s Supper to remember His Death until He returns?
It is not uncommon to “fall into a rut” sometimes. But it is also possible to get out of that same rut. May we all desire to please God in all aspects of our life, including anticipating with joy and excitement as the first day of the week approaches.
When this Sunday is over, may we all begin looking forward to the next time, that our Christian family reunites. This is the day that God has decreed for all Christians to assemble and worship Him in spirit and in truth. Please embrace it for yourself and encourage all the brethren to do the same. (Hebrews 10:23-25)