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Living Effectively for Christ 14: Weekly Thoughts: “Just Go!”

Living Effectively for Christ Day 14 – Weekly Thoughts: “Just Go!”

Just go. Even if you’re sleepy. Even if you’d rather play a round of golf. Even if your kids are grumpy. Even if you’re already going to be late. Even if you’re feeling far from God—especially if this is the case—just go!

“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.” (Hebrews 10:25, ESV)

Perhaps one of the most powerful ways we can be an effective witness is to be a faithful attendee at our local place of worship. Satan will throw out a million reasons to keep you away; don’t allow him to have that victory! 

Regularly being present for church services is an important avenue toward spiritual growth. We must be present in order to exercise our gifts and encourage one another in our faith. It is very challenging to stay “on fire in our faith” when we fail to place value on being present to worship, pray collectively, or study together in our local church. If there are other things that regularly cause your seat to be vacant, it’s time to take a serious look at your priorities and find ways you can eliminate activities and responsibilities that conflict with being present. It’s not that we need to have perfect attendance, but work, sports, hobbies and excessive leisure travel can interfere with our effectiveness within our local church body. Be willing to consider the thought that being present (not just warming a seat) is valuable and honoring to Christ.

May we not just come to fill a seat, but to give a part of our busy schedules and show Christ we love Him enough to be a help within His church. Show that we care about its growth, that we are privileged to be a part of something eternal, that we want to use the gifts He’s given us for the benefit of the Body. 

So whatever is holding you back from attending church today, I challenge you to make it your priority to be present. Lay aside the excuses. If you want to be an effective Christian, this is one area in which you must be faithful. Your church needs you!

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