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Study: Sunday devotion

And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”  Heb. 13:24,25

Have you ever woken up on Sunday morning, and decided not to go to church?  You didn’t have a reason.  You just didn’t feel like going to church that Sunday?

Sadly, I have.

You can’t change your past thoughts or inaction, but you can change how you think about worship in the future.

  • Worship is a gift from God for the people of God.  A time set aside each week to give honor and glory to God (Ex. 20:2-6;1 Chron. 16:23-31).

Coming together at a formal worship service is a gift from God, and a freedom that so many Christians in this world do not have.

  • Christians all over the world are experiencing persecution.  Their churches are burned or destroyed.  They are forced to “meet together” in secret.
Photo: ChristiansinPakistan.com
Photo: ChristiansinPakistan.com

We are free to go to worship, yet often we may neglect to do so.  Others are not free, yet seek out ways to “meet together” to give thanks and praise to God.

Because they know that worship is not a convenience for them, but a beautiful gift from God.

The next time you or I don’t feel like going to worship for no good reason, let us remember those who do not have the freedom to choose.

Prayer:  Lord, This Sunday morning, let us remember our Christian brothers and sisters who cannot “meet together” for worship.  Help us to have joy in worshiping you this morning and be thankful for this wonderful gift from you. In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.

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