November 1, 2017

Hebrews 10:25 (NLT) — 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Did you know that the Bible knows of no such thing as a secluded or solitary saint. Christianity is all about relationships. When Jesus saved us it was to bring us into his family, the family of God.

Ephesians 1:5 (NLT) — 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

Father God expects us to gather together as a family to worship Him. The bible says that this gives God great pleasure. Our Father gets pleasure from simple things. Why is something that is so simple to do and something that gives God great pleasure neglected by so many people?

Even my little granddaughter Vesper has already grasped the importance of all the family getting together. When he mother took her to a cousin’s wedding out of state Vesper said, “Let’s ask both grandpas and grandmas, and Uncle Aaron and Uncle Dusting and Auntie Ruthie and Brayton to come also.” She knows that it is a lot more fun when all the family is along.

If we saw each other at church each week and viewed them as good family and took the time to get to know them it would probably encourage us to meet every week. We would want to find out what is going on with each family member. It would be a time to catch up and pray for each other. After a couple of days without seeing my granddaughters I miss them. Who are the people that you miss after not seeing them for awhile? Well I believe that our heavenly Father misses us just the same when he doesn’t see us gather with the family.

People often ask me the question “What is the will of God for me?” Well I don’t a know all the will of God for them but I do know some of his will. Listen to this following verse in Ephesians:

Ephesians 5:10 (NLT) — 10 Carefully determine what pleases the Lord.

Well we know from our memory verse that meeting together on Sunday pleases God. So I guess we at least know that part of his will. So do you want to please Him or not?

Perhaps there is someone that you know who you haven’t seen in church for awhile; why not tell them you miss them and encourage them to come. Even if they don’t come you pleased Father God by your asking.

There is this old story of a pastor going to visit a man that hadn’t been in church for awhile. It was in the winter and they were sitting in the living room watching the wood burn in the fireplace and having a cup of coffee. Without saying anything the pastor got up and with a pair of tongs took a red hot ember from the burning logs and set it out on the hearth. They both sat watching that ember slowly lose it’s redness and then after awhile it just died out completely. The man turned to the pastor and said, “I get your point I will be in church next Sunday.”

You see when we don’t have the fellowship we need the fire in us for the work of the Lord slowly dies out. There is no one else to help us keep the fire going. This happens because Christianity is about relationship and the Bible knows nothing of a secluded and solitary Christian.

John 13:35 (NLT) — 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

As an earthly parent don’t you get great pleasure out of seeing your kids get along? I am sure you do. In the same way Father God gets great pleasure out of seeing his kids get along.

Be Inspired Hilltop!