Hebrew 10:24 – 25 (NIV)
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
I think many of us would love to meet together once again. Covid-19 has produced a new reality and meeting together is now something we dream about and desire. One of my children told me, “Dad we were not created to be isolated.” The old saying, “You don’t know what you have got until it is gone,” comes to mind.
The writer of Hebrews saw people struggling with getting together for worship. He wanted them to know that meeting together is worth prioritizing. Praising our Creator and Redeemer is in our bones and part of the way God made us.
I believe the truth is that by joining together in worship we draw closer not only to God but also to each other. Connecting spiritually with our families as well as our church family solidifies our relationships. In marriages, shared spiritual practice is the best predictor of long-term stability. Children learn best when spiritual life is modelled for them.
Take the whole family to church. Pattern good spiritual habits. Let your family know that church is where they discover their true identity – that they belong to God and will always be his, even long after their parents are gone. Be passionate about worship so that it rubs off on those around you. Get connected to what your church is doing locally and globally and find something to participate in with your whole family. Let your family know that your faith is not just about your small world but that your church and you are making a difference in the world.
Lord, connect us with other believers and make us a community that glorifies you in all we do. In Jesus, Amen.