In a recent Gallup Poll two persons in every three surveyed indicated that they think that it is possible for a person to be a good Christian and not attend church ser-vices. In replying to the question, “Do you think a person can be a good Christian if he doesn’t go to church,” 67% of those polled said, “Yes.” According to the same survey, it was found that 20% do not attend religious services, 5% seldom attend and 27% attend only occasionally.
In determining our religious duties and responsibili-ties, we must not make the error of being guided simply by the thoughts and opinions of men. Well said the prophet Jeremiah, “It is not in man that walketh to direct his steps” (Jer. 10:23). “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nei-ther are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heav-ens are higher than your ways, and my thoughts” (iSA. 55:8,9).
The Bible teaches that one cannot be a good Christian if he refuses to regularly worship God. In fact, God desires His children to worship Him. He seeks true worshippers.
While talking with the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus said: “The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall wor-ship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seekth such to worship Him” (John 4:23). God seeks people to worship Him.
The first church at Jerusalem was composed of persons who worshipped God with regularity. Of the three thousand souls who heard the preaching of Christ, believed and were baptized, it is said, “they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread and in prayers” (Acts 2:42).
The day of worship for the early Christians was the Lord’s Day, the first day of the week, the day of Christ’s resurrection. Concerning the saints at Troas, we read: “Upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them” (Acts 20:7).
Hence, it was the practice of early disciples to regularly meet on the first day of the week for worship. This assembly was not to be neglected. This meeting was not to be condidered unimportant or optional. Hear the inspired injunction: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so uch the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Heb. 10:25).
For the Christian, worshipping God is more than a duty; it is a privilege. Each time he communes with God in praise and devotion, he is drawn closer to Him; he becomes more like Him.
May the Almighty help each of us to understand and appreciate the supreme importance and significant value of worship.