Today is Wednesday and like many churches in our circles, there is a midweek service. I can recall a young man in Bible college encouraging me to come to a Wednesday evening service and my response as a relatively new Christian was “Why, I’ve already came to Sunday morning?” I wasn’t trying to be a smart alec (at least not that time), I was genuinely asking him “Why?” I didn’t want to do things in my new Christian life simply because man said so, I wanted to do what God wanted. Well, since then God has shown me the importance of faithfully supporting your local church.
Aside from one of a pastor’s favorite verses “Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together as the manner of some is. . .” (Heb.10:25) what a “pick me up” a midweek service can be for the child of God. But I’m not talking about just you, it can be for others who have come out then too when they see your faithfulness. It can be a “pick me up” certainly for the pastor who prepares well for the service, much like the cook does a fine meal but perhaps the greatest “pick me up” when you make the decision to come out to God’s house faithfully is for God Himself ! The problem with saying I’m not going to come is you set yourself into a pattern of saying no to God and His Word (not just Heb.10:25 either, but what He has for you that service). The blessing is in doing what He wants as opposed to what you want is you become less self-centered and more Christ-centered too ! So its a win-win, everyone is “picked up” in the process ! See you tonight??