By Brad Campbell –
Just a thought to help start your week.
When is the last time you were truly excited to go to church? When is the last time you dressed in your “Sunday best” and headed to the church house for worship? When is the last time you focused on the privilege it truly is to be able to gather in God’s house, without fear, and sing praises to Him with a church full of others who were just as excited?
I don’t normally share photos of people, but the ones in this picture have long since been gone, as has the photographer, so I can’t lay claim to this one. This photo happens to be of a Sunday morning gathering of the church family of Siloam Baptist Church near York, Alabama, where I get to serve as pastor. These folks are posing at the first service in the brand new church building on that hallowed hill one bright Sunday morning in 1908.
They are excited to be there! They are dressed in their best, not because they owned a lot or had much money, but because they revered the Lord enough to gather with other community believers to worship Him together! We are told in Hebrews to not forsake the gathering of ourselves together. Sometimes things prevent us from attending, but it seems quite odd that the same things that prevent us from getting to church somehow never prevent us from getting to work or to the dollar store.
God gave His best for us. He expects us to give Him our best. Part of that is gathering for worship in His house. There truly is nothing like it. Every church congregation is different and worships in their own way. All God asks is for our best.
Oh, to drive up that narrow road toward the church house on Sunday morning and see people excited to be there. Maybe you’re not excited to go, but once you get there, you hear God’s Word, sing praises to His name, and speak with others who have come to do the same, that feeling you were missing before creeps up on you!
Get excited for Jesus this week. He deserves it. Give Him your best. And when the appropriate time comes this week, gather with others to do the same. There’s nothing like it!
Just a thought.