Hebrews 10:23-25 " Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised) and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works. Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another, and so much more as ye see the day approaching."
The part of this Scripture that I am writing about is: "not forsaking the assembly of ourselves together." To me, not only it is a privilege to go to the House of God, but it also, is a necessity. I cannot do without that encouragement that I get to help me during the week. I know that some think one service a week is enough. Churches are getting away from Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting. Sunday night services have become almost eating and games for the youth. Nothing wrong with eating and having games for youth ~ but not on church night. I know the excuse is that is youth need something. True, but if they get in with entertainment, they will always have to be entertained and they won't last long. They need to be in a church service where the anointing is. They need to hear the Word to learn how to grow in the Christian life.
Anyway, I guess you see how important I think church services are. But there is more in this verse alone with going to church. Did you notice the "consider one another." in this verse? We should not go with "what's in it for me," You might be surprised what is in it for you if you go in the right spirit. Our attitude should be, " how can I be a blessing to others!" Someone needs our presence, our prayers, our influence, our singing and praising. Someone may be disappointed if we are not there.
Also notice, "to provoke unto love and good works." What can we do in a service that promotes love? Our actions are very important. We could come in and say little things that may ruin the service for someone else. If we want to carry the service unto love and good works there are a few things we can do. First of all, we can come in with a positive attitude, we can sing and praise from the heart. If the Holy spirit moves on you to testify or even to say "Amen," don't grieve the Spirit. It will not only affect you but it will affect others. I have been in services where one person minding the Lord set the spirit for the service. Others followed.
"But exhorting one another." Everyone comes to church with some kind of a burden. They need assurance, encouragement, a cheery word from someone. Let that someone be you! We have services where we get each other and go to the altar and pray. Not all churches have that freedom, but our pastor lets us know that the altar is always open. I thank God for that. Just be an encourager.. You can make a difference in the worship service. You can make a difference in someone's week. Do you want to be that person that makes a difference? I do! Give it a try when you go to church again. You might be surprised how you come away blessed!