Let me encourage you

Friday, July 11, 2014

"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching" Hebrews 10:25

I saw something recently that bothered me especially on a spiritual level. My family and I were traveling home from vacation and while driving through the state of Georgia on a Sunday, and the Georgia department of transportation was working. The first time I saw them working was on a bridge on the interstate. My first thought was that it was a company that had bid the job out and was working on Sunday. Then a few miles further I saw them mowing the median.

Maybe I am old-fashioned, but I believe that as many people as possible should be off on Sunday. I know that the Missouri department of transportation does not work on Sunday. As we drove through Tennessee the mowers for department of transportation there were parked alongside the road, waiting to be started up Monday.

What bothers me is that there are many people who choose not to come to church. While that is their right, there are others who have no choice but to work on Sunday as their employer requires it.

As Christians we are to be meeting together, encouraging one another. Where do we usually meet? We meet on Sunday at the church. How are we able to meet if people have to work?

When I mentioned this to my wife, she asked a very good question. Would you have all the people that work in restaurants on Sunday off as well, or do you like to eat out on Sunday? While it is nice to eat out on Sunday, I would be just as happy to eat at home.

If it were up to me I would bring back the blue law. It is hard to build the church when people are working on Sunday. As the scripture from Hebrews says, "As some are in the habit of doing." Going to church is part habit, it would just be nice if those that have to work on Sunday had a chance to make a habit of going to church. If we are to build the church, how many people are we missing out on because they have to work?

It is not the church that is going to save anyone. It is a personal relationship with Jesus that saves. It is in the church that the relationship grows and is made stronger. So I want to encourage you to go to church. Make church a habit in your life. It is a good habit.

Come Lord Jesus,

Barron Willer