25th October 2018

Far From Routine

“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Hebrews 10:24-25 (NKJV UK)

My sister was complaining that her knee hurt. But then she explained that she’d being playing football with her grandson. Well, sorry, but I have to ask, what does an 80+ expect? Looking back in my own life, the first few weeks in school were spent happily playing in the sand pit. Only later did that give way to learning our two-times table. But life stays neither in the sand pit nor in learning our tables.

And the same is true of our Christian lives. We begin with our calling. It’s often compelling, not to be denied—we usually know that we have been called! But our Christianity doesn’t stay that way. Throughout our Christian lives we learn more and more. Sometimes it’s more unlearning things we thought we knew as truths, only to discover that they weren’t true at all. Other times, areas we’d never ever considered as impinging on our thinking or behaviour as Christians, come suddenly to the fore. And that’s why Christianity isn’t really ever routine. Oh, we have routines, of course we do. But often we need to consider what we do and how we think in terms of today, rather than years ago—even at times, last month. And that’s because Christianity moves on. And what we did back then, even though we knew it to be right and proper back then, is not right and proper or necessary now—just like that sand pit of old.

In a very real sense weekly Church Services are the capstone for the Christian, and they also set us up for the week ahead. Paul tells us we forsake such assembling together at our peril (Hebrews 10:25). And yet for most Christians attending a church service is routine. And often it’s ho-hum routine too. But that’s not how it should be.

Let’s try to remember our colleagues in our daily individual prayers. And then let’s try to think of our contribution to the Service. For most of us that’s done in fellowship before and after, when we identify with and seek to support and uphold our brothers and sisters. Our job is not just to be there, but to enrich, encourage and help our fellow Christians to make it more successfully for another week.

That tends to kill any idea that attending services weekly is routine. We each have a vital part to play in supporting one another, encouraging one another, and having on-going concern for one another’s wellbeing. Far from routine!

Prayer
Holy Father, human beings so often have such limited understanding. Why attending church services, and how vital that is for our wellbeing is often completely misunderstood, but revelatory when we begin to see. In Jesus’ name we pray
Amen

Study by John Stettaford
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About the Author:
John Stettaford is an Elder in the Reading Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Reading
Prospect School, Room A1 (Main Building)
Honey End Lane
READING
RG30 4EL

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
John Stettaford
Phone: 01923-241426
Email: pastor@wcg-reading.org.uk

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