WHY DO YOU NOT GO

Garden City church of Christ

Garden City, Michigan

 

It is obvious that many in the church do not comply with the command of Hebrews 10:24-25: “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is.. .“ Perhaps now and again there is a person who honestly and sincerely does not know that this is a divine injunction.  More often than not, however, the passage is either “explained away” or some excuse is made to bypass it.  For every human excuse, there is a divine answer.  Consider the following examples:

“I’m just too busy.”  Hebrews 9:27: “And it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”  (You will not be too busy to die someday.  You will have plenty of time to stand before Christ in judgment.  Don’t you think you ought to find time at least to worship faithfully every time the brethren assemble?)

“There are too many hypocrites in the church.”  Revelation 3:4: “Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.” (Can you list more hypocrites in the local church than you can find sincere Christians?  Even if there are only a few honest and true saints in the congregation, you need to be a part of them rather than the hypocrites.  Would you not prefer to assemble with those who are worthy rather than to join the unworthy?)

“I’m just too tired to attend  Matthew 11:28: “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and 1 will give you rest.” (Jesus calls the weary to come to Him.  Of course, we do get physically weary on occasions, but coming together with our brethren ought to refresh and reinvigorate us.  Ask yourself, “If it were Monday morning instead of Sunday morning (evening, Wednesday) would I be too tired to go to work?  If we were planning a family outing that was very important to the children, would I be too tired to go?)

“Somebody hurt my feelings Matthew 6:12: “And forgive our debts, as we forgive our debtors (It is sad when someone hurts the feelings of another, but has the effort been made to go to the offending brother and give him the opportunity to make things right?  Have you tried forgiveness or getting rid of a grudge?  Besides that, what has the Lord done to offend you that you now forsake Him in the assembly?)

“I don’t have nice clothes to wear James 2:2: “For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in godly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment.. (Here is a person wearing nice clothes in the assembly, and another dressed not so well.  They are both there, and that’s where they need to be.  The Lord is pleased with the presence of both, and one is as precious and important as the other, no matter what others think.  Wear the best that you have.  It’s plenty good enough.  Others in the assembly will be glad you are there.)

 “I had company and had to stay home with them Luke 10:38-42 tells of Mary who chose the better part of being with Jesus and hearing Him teach rather than Martha who focused on entertaining company.  We certainly want our company to feel welcomed, but the Lord must come first.  Invite your company to come and worship God with you.  If they decline, then kindly ask them to make themselves comfortable until you return from the assembly.  If they are the right kind of people, they will not be offended if you obey the inspired command not to forsake the assembly.)

We know there are times in which one is not able, for some reason beyond his control, to attend an assembly.  The Lord does not expect more of us than that which we can do.  If we do not attend, let us be sure that we a reason and not just an excuse.