This is a guest post by Michael Beckner, one of our leaders here at Zion.
Psalm 29:2 Give unto the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
Like most Christians I love Christmas and Easter. The reasons are numerous but one of the things that stand out about these two holidays is how full God’s house will be on those days. Because of the calendar this is more prevalent on Easter than Christmas. It’s always on Sunday so it just works. Easter will be here March 31st and I love seeing the fresh faces. I love how the added voices make the congregational hymns a little louder than usual. I love the opportunity the holiday provides to invite people I know and love to come to church. I can, and do, invite people to church all throughout the year but Easter is a day that sees results. The more people singing praises to God and hearing the word preached, the better. I always feel like the worship is that much better with all these people there. I love that about Easter. But it won’t be true of April 7th.
April 7th is the Lord’s Day just as March 31st is. Hymns will be sung and the word will be preached but it will be different. Christ will most certainly be lifted up because God’s people will be faithful to worship but where will you be? Will you be among them as you were on Easter? There isn’t a bad day to go to church so if you’re planning to attend a church service on Easter that’s great. Again, that’s why I love Easter because it’s an opportunity to see so many people worshipping God.
If you’re reading this I assume you identify yourself as a Christian. I assume you believe that the one true God is the God of the Bible and you believe that Jesus is the one and only Son of God who died on the cross for the forgiveness of sins. That’s why you’ll go to church on Easter, the day we traditionally observe as the day Christ was resurrected from that horrible and undeserved death. If I stop right here though and add nothing else, this should be enough to cause you to want to worship God more than once or twice a year. But why stop here?
I made some assumptions above about what you believe about who God is what God has done for you. I’m also going to assume that most Christians would at least loosely agree with my saying that all the blessings they have in life come from God. Family. Friends. Home. Job. Health. I could go on but I think I’ve hit the high points. So now we’ve established that all good things in your life come from God, including doing the work you could not do to save you from your sins and unite you with God for eternity.
But you’re busy. You work all week and you have to run your kids here and there and run errands. You just need some time for yourself. You have to do stuff for your family. You have to make time for friends. You have to take care of your home. You need to recharge before the work week starts again on Monday. I guess if God hadn’t blessed you with all these things you might have more time to worship him.
The thing is those blessings are there week after week after week, not to mention your eternal salvation. The opportunity to worship the God who has done so much for all of us is there week after week after week as well. Whether you join us here at Zion, or at a place of worship in your own community, I would say for most of us it takes about a 2 hour commitment on Sunday morning. Seems so small when you consider there are 168 hours in every week. I sincerely can’t wait to see you March 31st. But I’d really love to see you April 7th… and 14th… and 21st…