Easter Only?

 On Easter Sunday, our church enjoyed a surge in attendance, as many churches often do. This year our weekly attendance doubled. Doubled! However, a few weeks later, it’s business as usual, as our numbers drift back to normal. To be honest, normal bugs me. I guess some people believe that coming to church once or twice a year is sufficient. Imagine if God decided that He needed a break from us. If the Lord took just one day off, creation would fly into chaos. Planets would collide. Stars would fall from the sky. Ocean tides would surge uncontrollably. The Laws of Physics would be temporarily suspended. If the law of gravity ceased to exist for even a moment, everybody and everything would drift helplessly into space. God keeps things together. He also keeps us together. Together is what church is about. It’s not about the offering it’s about community. It’s not about songs or long winded sermons it’s about spending time with people who care for each other, pray for each other and share the ups and downs of life with each other. Most importantly it’s about worshiping the One True God, Jesus Christ who gave us everything we need in this life, and the next. We should display our gratitude by regularly showing that the Lord God is worthy of our respect and admiration. That’s what ‘worship’ means. It means that someone is worthy, honorable and deserving of attention. I know, life gets busy, even crazy sometimes. We become squeezed by the tyranny of the urgent.  So the Lord God slides down on our “To Do” list until He slips from sight. Once that happens people are losing out on so much. It’s not about the numbers on any given Sunday. It’s about people losing out on a God who believes that community is so important. Another word for community is relationships. The Lords wants us to have a 24/7, 365 days a year relationship with Him and with His people. When we don’t choose to make that a priority, so much is lost. That’ what really bugs me! Don’t stop meeting together with other believers, which some people have gotten into the habit of doing. Instead, encourage each other, especially as you see the day drawing near. (Heb. 10:25)