February 17, 2008
by John Gipson
Permit me, if you will, to give some directions for doing a thing in a manner sure to miss it’s value entirely…
Get up late on Sunday morning without having decided which clothes you are going to wear. Fuss at the children. Hurry through breakfast. Look for your Bible. Yell at your companion, “We’re going to be late.” Fuss at the children. Tell them that they don’t have time to eat. Drag them into the car. Honk your car horn at your spouse to hurry up. Go back in the house to get your contribution check. Fuss at the children. Drive off in a huff. Turn around and go back to see if you turned off the stove, or forgot to close the garage door.
Arrive late for the service and stumble over people getting into the pew. Stare back at those who are staring at you. Focus on the things you don’t like: The temperature is too hot/cold; The songs are too new/old, or too slow/fast; The preacher said “git” instead of “get;” The usual order of worship was changed; Why don’t parents take their children to the nursery, or the Training Room?; Somebody needs to turn the sound up/down; If this service lasts any longer I’m going to miss the kick-off to the football game. Leave the building without speaking to anyone, but rejoicing in knowing that you fulfilled your duty in worshiping God, and setting the right example for your family.
On the way home comment on those people playing golf when they ought to be in church. Too bad that they don’t have the spirit of David who said, “I was glad when they said to me, ’Let us go to the house of the LORD!”
Perhaps there is more to the oft neglected command to assemble than we have realized…”Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Heb. 10:25).