I can't tell you how many times sitting in a church I watched the clock when I was younger. I wanted to be able to say, "Oh yeah, I'm a christian, I go to church on Sundays" With that in mind I think about these next few verses;
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5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 1 John 1:5-7
I need fellowship. I need to see people with the same vision as me. I need accountability. I need refueled! When I get up on Sunday and feel like there are a thousand things to do and maybe I should skip just this once, I have to think about the people that I talk to at church. Maybe someone has been waiting all week just to have that fellowship with me. Maybe I need that one person to smile at me and let me know that I have encouraged them that week. Maybe God is really wanting me to hear the message. At my church we have lunch after the service every week and I know that I sometimes get more out of that time than the message. If everyone ran out of the door every week than I would be missing some great fellowship. It might be easier for me to fall away, to get off track. I am so thankful that we get to have this time together (and all the other times we get together) and I don't want to rush it! Help me Lord to make the most of my fellowship time this year.