Why bother going along to the meetings which are scheduled in your church. I am talking about the meetings for prayer, praise, celebrating the Lord’s Supper, preaching and teaching and fellowship. Why should you bother about going to these times? What should motivate you? When we start to think of these arrangemenst as times when the family meet together then we are immediately seeing why we should be there.
When you have become a member of a church you have committed yourself to that representation of the family of God. That family has certain times when they come together. It is inherent in being a church, that we must have times together as a congregation. If this is not the case then any concept of us being a group together for the Lord is lost. Those times are when we come together as family; the church gathers as a family. The family gathers and if any of the family are not there then it is felt. Absence of a family member matters to the rest of the family and that its is how it should be. After all we now belong to one another; Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it ( 1 Cor. 12:27) is the image Paul uses to convey the bond we have to each other.
So when the church meets we meet as brothers and sisters before our Father, drawn together by the Spirit of God to glorify the Son of God. Every church meeting is not just a church meeting, it is a family affair. It is the family meeting together. And I as a brother in the family should expect to be there when the family gathers.
That is particularly the case when I have responsibility for the family as an elder in the church. I will come because I want to know that all is well with the family. I will come wanting to see that the family gatherings are special for us all as we come together.
N.B I have dealt with the issue of the family being properly fed here