The Gathering

 
by Jeffrey A. Johnson
December 19, 2011
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Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching. --Hebrews 10:25

When my wife Sharon got back from Augusta, Georgia, she told me about an awesome seafood restaurant there that she had tried. I asked her how she happened to find it. She said that she and our son J. Allen, whom she was visiting there, drove past the restaurant several times since it was on the way to his college. She decided it must be a good place because whenever they drove by, they saw customers carrying out bags of food after they had finished their meals there. She was right. She and J. Allen went there and had a wonderful meal. Because their portions were so generous, they had food to take home with them.

That is not unlike church. We go to church empty-handed, get full spiritually, and still have something to take home with us--something we can even share with someone else. Some individuals think today that they don't need church and can commune with God alone. Yes, they can commune with God alone, and He delights in our spending time alone with Him. But God has also ordained the church as a meeting place for His people, and there are blessings we can receive in the company of other Christians that we simply cannot receive alone. God has designed it that way.

God, help us to know that attending church is important, not just for us but also for others whose lives we will touch. You never want us to be satisfied with getting only what we need for ourselves but also getting enough to share with others as well. Help us, God, to continue to meet together with other Christians to encourage one another and to welcome new folks into our midst and into Your presence. Amen.



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