“Let us not [forsake] the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but [exhort] one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Recently I read an account of Benjamin Franklin publishing a cartoon called “Join or Die”. Franklin was arguing that the colonies needed to form into one body to resist the powerful threat of their enemies.
Since the fall of Adam Christians have been under attack by Satan. We can only survive the attacks as a group under the united leadership of God. Without God’s care believers would be hopeless. God calls his body of believers to assemble together to benefit from His leadership and the support of our Christian family. Without regular church attendance we cut ourselves off from God, His mercy, and the means of grace. We also lose out on relationships with other Christians and the opportunity to edify each other through exhortation and grow in our faith.
You see salvation in Christ is to become part of His body. His body is the entire church under His headship. Being in Him is to be part of a family. The family image points to unity in God. In our unity we join with each other to worship the God who saved us by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Make Church attendance a priority in your life. That is where you will grow closer to your Savior and God. Regular worship is a duty but it is also a gift of God because you get to meet with fellow sinners who desire the grace of God and worship with them. Go worship the God who loved the unlovable!