Good morning. Another great weekend is upon us. Today’s power scripture comes from Hebrews 10:25 (CEB) –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.”
Many of us ‘old schoolers’ remember the O’Jay’s hit “Living For The Weekend”. One of the lyrics states that the weekend was special because ‘that’s when I party down’. After a long and often grueling week at work or school or both, we look forward to winding down and relaxing on the weekend. We use the time to do menial chores, get organized, and of course reconnect with family and friends. It is a time to let your hair down and get rejuvenated so that you can hit the ground running once again on Monday morning. I encourage you to spend some quality time in the fellowship of other believers. Yes – go to church. I know there are some of you who are ‘churchees’ like me. I love going to church and will often visit more than one service at various churches on one day. I love revivals and special days when I get to visit friends’ houses of worship. Sure, you can hear a good sermon on TV and get really fired up from some good gospels on CD or MP3, but it not the ‘stuff’ of the church format that is important; but the interaction and drawing upon the spirits of those assembled that is rewarding.
There are some who have been hurt because of activities, interactions or relationships within a church establishment and no longer enjoy the camaraderie of going to church. If this is your case, I especially encourage you to not let the issues of the past stop you from worshipping and praising our wonderful Lord in the company of other believers. Sometimes when we are hurt in a situation we focus too much on ourselves and our feelings; and what we will or will not gain from being in the company of others. You might not feel like going through the fuss of getting dressed, finding a parking space and getting a good seat; but it just might not be about you. You may possibly need to be there for the person who ends up seating next to you. God might be ordaining your visit for the purpose of seeding into the lives of the people you encounter before the church service even begins. Let God use you in a special way this weekend. Spend some time in a House of Prayer and who knows… if it’s been awhile… you might enjoy it. If you are a regular, do something radical…change seats and meet someone new.
Every day is a good day; it is up to us to make it a power-packed GREAT day! Be blessed! Dr. JoAnn