Bonus points go out to all of you who braved the closed roads and long waits to finally make it through the “marathon maze” this past Sunday to get to church. We are glad our city had a successful first year of running the marathon, but very sorry it kept some of you from getting to worship the Lord during this Advent Season. It proves again that a believer’s worship of God is not a high priority for the world around us. There is no end to the alternatives and distractions that will be thrown at us that could cause us to get our focus off of where it should be.
But again, it isn’t the world’s job to prioritize our worship now is it. If anybody is going to make carving out that 2-3 hours on a Saturday night or Sunday morning a priority it will have to be us. Hebrews 10:25 tells us to “not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another…”
God’s Word testifies that our coming together for corporate worship is not an insignificant matter. Instead, it is vital to the health of the individual believer and the community of faith. We desperately need to connect with God – giving him thanks and praise, and with each other – encouraging and supporting one another on this journey of faith. Like water to a long-distance runner, so is the gathering for worship to the believer running the Christian life “marathon”. Let’s be sure to drink often!