I like Tiger Woods; he’s arguably the best golfer ever. Most people admire his championship prowess; he’s expected to win every tournament he enters. Contrarily, I admire him because he practices. Despite the numerous PGA tournaments he’s won, Tiger Woods still takes time to sharpen his skills.
If Tiger Woods isn’t above practicing golf, then Christians shouldn’t be above attending church. A clean bill of health, favorable outcomes in life, and scripture knowledge are not excuses to omit church attendance. Peter and John serve as spokespeople for church in today’s text. Even though they walked with JESUS, benefited from HIS teaching, and were on assignment to spread HIS message to the world, they made church a part of their schedule. This a great example for us and a reminder that we’re not above church.
Life drains and perplexes us, and attending church can recharge our spiritual batteries. Maybe that’s why the writer notes, “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near” (Hebrews 10:25, New Living Translation). If you’ve been M.I.A. from your local church, I implore you to return while you still can.
JESUS went to church. What about you?