‘Why bother going to church?’ Some would tell us that it’s better to sleep late on Sunday, eat a leisurely breakfast, and lounge around talking with the family. And then maybe have lunch with friends or enjoy a picnic and games with the children. “Make it a day that’s different and even restful,” some would say, “but don’t waste time by going to church on Sunday!”
Worship? Who needs worship anyway? We all do. We need worship because we are unique creatures made in the image of God. We are made for God, so we can’t fulfill our purpose unless we develop a right relationship with Him. And worship helps us to do that when we focus on the Lord.
As we join with other worshipers in church, our hearts are lifted out this temporal world into God’s eternal world. According to William Temple, in worship the conscience is quickened by the holiness of God, the mind is fed by the truth of God, the imagination is purged by the beauty of God, the heart is opened to the love of God, and the will is devoted to the purpose of God. And thus we are helped onward in our goal of becoming more like God.
Let’s decide now that on Sunday we will be in church with a heart prepared for worship. – Vernon Grounds
Our week’s not complete till we make it our goal
To honor the Lord’s Day and nourish our soul;
The help that we need for the tasks that we face
Will come as we worship and draw on God’s grace. – D. J. De Haan
What you worship determines what you become.
- January 15, Vol. 18, Our Daily Bread