A book in my library includes a humorous tale about a man who refused to attend church. When a pastor asked him why, he answered, “I dont go to church because every time I do they throw something at me.” “What do you mean?” the preacher inquired. The man went on to explain. “When I was just a baby and my parents took me to church, the minister threw water on me. When I got married, the wedding ceremony took place in a church, and they threw rice at me.”
Hearing this the pastor quickly responded, “And if you dont start going to church soon, the next time you do Im afraid theyll throw DIRT on you!”
Sadly, this describes the situation for many people. As far as church attendance is concerned, its “three times and out.” They go to church to be baptized, married, and buriedand thats about all. For an obedient child of God, however, that will never do. He does not forsake “the assembling together commanded in Hebrews 10:25. Rather, thanking God for the church, the dedicated believer takes advantage of the opportunities his local assembly offers for fellowship, for the ministry of Gods Word, for the observance of the ordinances, and for service. The church is a special blessing that God Himself has provided for believers. - R.W.D.