Some people carry a pocket knife, special coin, or other special item with them every day. My father, who worked on machinery everyday for decades, carries a little wrench around in his pocket. It is completely worn smooth and probably never gets used anymore. But it still does its job. Just like the other things that people carry – the wrench is a reminder to my father about who he is and what he does.
I believe we all need certain “touchstones” in our lives – things to which we return that remind us of whom and whose we are. Sometimes those touchstones are physical – like a grandfather’s pocket watch or a cross. Other times, those touchstones can take the form of a certain activity or place.
Attending worship is an important touchstone for many of us. Those who have committed to weekly worship and observance of the Lord’s Supper feel as though something significant is missing in their week when they aren’t able to
touch base with the church.
There is a reason the Bible warns us not to neglect the gathering of the saints each Lord’s Day (Hebrews 10:25). Worshiping with other believers not only gives us an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to lives of discipleship and service, but it also “forms” us. In other words, simply showing up and being with others who are likewise seeking to love and serve God and neighbor changes us and shapes us in fundamental ways.
Kind of like that wrench in my father’s pocket, after a long time, all of the rough parts are worn smooth and pleasant to the touch. We become more pliable and more useful in the Master’s hand.
On any given Sunday at Central Christian Church, dozens of regular attendees are not present. The next Sunday, the numbers haven’t changed, but the faces have. In other words, we have a different congregation nearly every week. When we all happen to be present on the same Sunday – what a wonderful feeling it is!
As the temperatures rise, many will take time for much needed vacations and time away. That is important recreation time. Even God took a break on the seventh day. But do not neglect the gathering of the saints! When you are able, join your church in worshiping and growing together in faith. Discipleship is a journey and we are on this journey together!
Beginning on Pentecost (May 23rd), I will begin a sermon series on the Ten Commandments that will take us nearly through the summer months. I am currently reading “The Ten Commandments” by Patrick D. Miller in preparation and I’m very excited about exploring these words we oftentimes don’t fully understand. It is going to be a great summer!
I look forward to joining with all the Saints this coming Sunday – on Mother’s Day – as we worship God and celebrate the gift of our moms!