Do you ever think up reasons to skip church? Maybe you didn't sleep well last night. Perhaps you have to work on Sunday and it's too much trouble to make time for church. It's a hassle to get everyone ready and out the door. There are lots of reasons to skip church.
Sunday at church I looked over in the row across from mine as four Emergency Medical Technicians came in and sat down. I thought about those four men sitting there. I didn't know if they'd have many calls the night before, but since it was a Saturday night, chances were good that they'd been up a lot of the night.
They were obviously still on-call. It would have been easier to stay at the station and sleep-in, or at least relax. But they were up and out to worship the Lord. A hassle to get everyone out the door? They had to be in full gear, with the truck ready to go, in case they got a call during the service. They had much more to be ready for than any of us do on a given Sunday, yet they were there.
Those four men sat there as an example to all of us. They could have skipped church without any rebuke. Yet, they chose to make the effort to be there. Shouldn't we do the same?
Hebrews 10:25 -- Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Psalm 150:1 -- Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.
Exodus 20:8 -- Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.