In a certain mountain village in Europe several centuries ago, a nobleman wondered what gift he could leave to his townspeople. Finally, he decided to build a church building.
The plans for the construction were kept secret until its completion. On a set day the people were allowed to view the grand structure. With great awe and wonder they m...arveled at its beauty and its splendor. The exactness of the bas relief at the entrance of the building was breathtaking, the stained glass windows behind the pulpit were incredible with detail and the comfort with which one might worship because of the seating provided had never before been seen! Following many comments of praise, however, an astute observer inquired, “But where are the lamps? How will the church be lighted?”
Without answer the nobleman pointed to some brackets in the wall; he then gave to each family a lamp to be carried to the worship service and hung on the wall.
Each time you are here, the area where you are seated will be lighted,” the nobleman explained; “each time you are not here, that area will be dark. Whenever you fail be at worship, some part of God’s house will be dark.”
What did you choose to do yesterday? Were you as faithful to worship God as He is to keep His promises to you? While there are times and occasions that arise which hinder us from being at worship, when we willfully choose to forsake the assembling of the saints on the Lord’s Day (or any other time for that matter) we leave a dark void that is disheartening to our brethren. Hebrews 10:24-31.
Consider also what we would miss if we chose to forsake the worship assembly on Sunday: we would fail to exhort and admonish our brethren to faithfulness in song; we would fail to memorialize the death of our Savior and stir our own hearts with great zeal to His service through the taking of the Lord’s Supper; we would miss the privilege to approach the throne of God Almighty in prayer, collectively with the saints, petitioning our heavenly Father on the behalf of the sick, local and foreign missionaries, our elders, deacons, teachers and preachers; we would have failed to give of our means as God has so richly blessed us that the work of the Lord’s church might not want; not only this but we would miss the grand opportunity to be stirred to faithfulness and strengthened in spirit at the preaching of God’s holy and divine word. What a dark day in lives that would be!
Above all, we would have provided Satan an opportunity to enter into our lives in a way that we cannot even begin to imagine! What darkness would pervade if we choose to forsake the worship of our Savior! Is there darkness in God’s house where you worship?
“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” Acts 2:42 “And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.” Acts 20:7
“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16