Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:19-25, NRSV)
In May, we started our journey looking at the Marks of Discipleship through the book Power Surge by Michael Foss.
This month we get to worship weakly, or is that worship weekly?
I have seen several signs that say Seven days without Prayer make one weak, which is true, as we looked at in June, you can not keep a relationship going without conversation and that is what prayer is. And yes it is true we can have prayer with God anywhere and anytime, as we should because Paul told us to pray without ceasing.
But it is more than conversation with God. It is mutual care and conversation with all of the saints. Hebrews 10:25 says, “not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Martin Luther said we need to gather together for the mutual care and conversation with the saints.
You see we do not gather just so we can commune with God and worship God, we gather together for the edification of others, and for mutual care and conversation with the body of Christ.
Seven days without God makes one weak, and in this world that battles against us, we need all the help we can get. And we need to gather with those who are a part of the body, as they may need us. Gathering for worship may not be for your edification, but you may be the smile that someone else needs to see, or you may have the word they need to hear.
So with confidence in the promises we have received through Jesus, let us gather together for care and conversation, for communion with God and the Body of Christ. Do not be weak, but worship weekly!