How Will You Honor God This Year?
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.Colossians 3:16
Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not despise preaching and God’s Word, but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it.The Third Commandment
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Why go to church?
It may seem a simple question, but there’s more to it. After all, you’re a teacher in a Lutheran school. You probably have some sort of chapel each week and regular staff devotions. You’re reading (or listening to this) right now! You are fed by the Word of God throughout the week, probably in more ways than most people outside your walls.
But then comes the weekend. During the week, teaching is tough and draining and there’s so much to do. You probably take aspects of your work home with you over the weekend. In addition, you may also chaperone a basketball tournament or speech competition. Add to that taking care of the errands and bills and scraping together a little personal time, and regular church worship and involvement may fall by the wayside.
We know, though, how our sinful human nature works. Skipping worship one week because you’re overwhelmed easily builds into the habit of skipping twice a month. Then you skip out of Bible class or small group. You then consider your job to be part of your worship and disengage more and more from the community of faith because, well, it’s the easy thing to do. Making time for church is tough when there’s just so much going on.
God would not have it this way, though. He commands us to hold His Word sacred and not to despise preaching and gathering with believers. Why? Because through our reception of the Word and Sacraments, the Spirit feeds us in a special way. Not just you individually, but the community. When you teach, you receive the Word one way, but when you hear the Word from the pulpit or in the worship center, you receive it together with the saints in an altogether different way. We may think of this as a burden of time when in fact it’s a blessing of reception! The community gathers to receive forgiveness, life, and salvation, to be fed—because that’s what God’s living and active Word does. And we do so together. By gathering as the community of faith for regular worship, we hold one another up in ways we cannot on our own. Your fellow believers need you. They need to see you in worship. Your students and their parents need you. They need to worship beside you, to pray with you and for you. And in so doing, the whole community of faith is built up together towards the common end of living in God’s kingdom of grace.
That’s why we need to go to church.
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