Your church attendance matters. This is not a popular statement and one that can quickly be dismissed as legalistic or authoritarian. Additionally, in a culture that prizes weekend adventures, travel ball, and the lazy Sunday, putting pressure on church attendance can get some serious pushback.
But what if we stopped viewing church attendance as optional and saw it as foundational to our spiritual health? And not simply for the quality of preaching or singing, but the importance of simply showing up? Give some thought to the following:
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24– 25).
According to the author of Hebrews, the goal in meeting together is to “stir one another up,” or to put it another way, to help one another follow Jesus. Granted, the substance of what we do when we gather does matter, but the simple act of showing up should not be overlooked as it serves to encourage one another in following Jesus.
What if you walked into your church this next Sunday and you were the only one. Yet you sat down, you prayed, you sang and read your Bible and then left. The next week, the same routine. Alone, week after week, and as far as you know, you are the only Christian for miles. But then the next Sunday, there is someone else. You read together, you hear their voice along side yours as you sing together, you pray together and encourage each other as you part ways. Then, the next Sunday, five more people. Then ten more. Then another ten more. The very presence of gathering together serves to encourage, strengthen and “stir you up” to continue following Jesus.
So, your church attendance matters. Not because you have to, not to fulfill your obligatory duty, but because your simple participation in meeting together serves to encourage your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.