“But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.”
Several years ago, a friend of mine called me and asked if I wanted to go watch the Oakland A’s play the Texas Rangers. I really didn’t want to go until he told me that Nolan Ryan was pitching that night. Once I learned that, I immediately changed my mind and went to the game. It was on that night that Nolan Ryan made history by pitching his sixth no-hit game. Imagine if I had not gone; I would not have seen history made. If my friend had not told me that Nolan Ryan was pitching, I would have missed an opportunity to watch this great pitcher pitch one of his greatest games.
Thomas missed something that I believe he later regretted. Because he was not with the disciples when they met together, he missed Jesus’ appearance. When the disciples told Thomas about Jesus’ appearance, he responded in doubt as if they were not telling the truth. Just like Thomas was adversely affected by not being with the rest of the disciples when Jesus appeared, every believer is affected in a negative way when they miss church. There are several things that you miss when you don’t go to church.
First, you miss the miracles of God. You never know when God is going to give your church a special service where He does something miraculous. The best way to keep yourself from not missing God coming down to give your church a special service is to be there for every service.
Second, doubt fills your heart when you miss church. Your faith cannot grow when you are not at the place where it is strengthened. One reason fear has overwhelmed your life is because you’re missing church services where your faith is strengthened. You cannot live a life of faith and miss church regularly. Doubt and fear will grip your life when you miss the spiritual nourishment from church that strengthens your faith.
Third, negativity towards God’s abilities will prevail when you miss church. You will find yourself becoming negative towards your church and God’s works when you miss church. Hebrews 10:25 tells us that we are exhorted by going to church. Those who are hit-and-miss to the church services become the most negative towards the church because they miss the exhortation that builds their spirit.
My friend, your spirit can’t afford you to miss church. You need to be faithful to church if you don’t want to have a defeated spirit. Your spirit is under constant attack through life’s daily onslaught of negativity, and the only way to overcome it is through the exhortation found in church.
Moreover, your faith can’t afford you to miss church. Your faith can only go so long before it is weakened. A malnourished faith is the result of the believer missing the church services where it is fed. Your faith desperately needs you to be faithful to church.
Furthermore, your fellow believers can’t afford you missing church. Your faithfulness to church encourages others. It would be a sad day that your absence caused another believer to give up.
Church is important! If you don’t want to miss God’s miraculous works, you had better be faithful to all the services because you don’t know in which service He will choose to show His power.