Saint Jacques-sur-Coudenberg, Brussels, Belgium
In today’s world, most people have multiple digital devices. Almost daily, we plug them in to recharge their batteries to prepare them for use in our lives. For frequent travelers, battery management – knowing what device to plug in when and where – can be a critical issue. Trying to go even part of a day with a dead phone, iPad, or laptop can be very challenging.
For the Christian, going to church should be a lot like recharging your spiritual batteries. Sometimes I get into the discussion of why people should go to church. Those against it often say something along the lines of “I don’t need to go to church to be a Christian. I spend my time with God by myself.” My typical response is the burning log in a fire example; The Spirit starts the fire, but if we remove a log from the fire and let it try to burn on it’s own, the light and heat from that log eventually fades, until it isn’t burning at all.
But yesterday in church, we read from the Presbyterian Book of Order. From section W-5.1002, we read the following:
Through worship people attend to the presence of God in
their life. From a Christian’s life in the world comes the need for
worship; in worship one sees the world in light of God’s grace;
from worship come vision and power for living in the world.
It offers an interesting twist. Because we’re in the world, we need to worship. It is our presence among sin in the world that causes us to need worship. And then worship in turn prepares us to to be in the world. The previous paragraph of the Book of Order covers the importance of both communal and personal worship, while most of section W-5 details aspects of personal worship and a later section details communal worship and ministry.
We’re all travelers in this world. Without communal worship, we can’t act on The Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20). And without communal worship, we can’t fully recharge our batteries to be prepared for God’s use in the world. Go to church; recharge your batteries.
Be Strong. Stand Tall. In Faith.