Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Oh what grand importance lies in the ministry of the church. The bride to whom Christ has espoused Himself is ever adorned with the affection of His love. Many seek God's favor without assembly, yet it is as a member of the body that saints best hear from the head whom is Christ. Would we count it tragic if a man's fingers were severed? Would it not invite pain and sorrow if his limbs were separated from his torso? What a great tragedy it should be. If this is so, how then do we count it acceptable to forsake the assembling of the body to Christ the head? Should this spiritual severing do any less damage to the spirit as the physical severing would do to the body? Ask this question of yourself and answer with excessive honesty. Where does my church rank in importance? Do you see the answer? Is this reality self-indicting? Forsaking the assembling is as removing an ember from the hot coals. How much quicker it burns out without the heat of others to drive it on! It would seem sensible that the lone ember should do well in isolation. It no longer fights to share oxygen, which is a substance necessary to fire. However, I encourage you to study this thought: the lone coal grows weary and cold. The vibrance lump which once heated and served a purpose is now an ash, ready to be blown about by any wind of doctrine. Do not join number that forsake the church as many professing Christians do. Choose rather to assemble in its glory. Exhort others to join with you. All the while we do this awaiting the the return of our King. Let this singular thought take our minds to a place of much reflection: Christ died for the church; therefore, we should honor it by assembly.