In His Presence: Psalms 51:12
The carnal Christian is characterized by withdrawing from the fellowship of other Christians. “Not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:25). One of the ways we know we are on the road to carnality is when we feel that church doesn’t matter much any more. While we don’t have to go to church to become Christians, attending church is necessary for us to grow spiritually. Attending a Bible-believing, Bible-teaching fellowship will inspire and motivate us in this direction. Mature Christians not only want to be blessed, but they want to be a blessing to others.
“Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds”(v. 24). God saved us to be part of His body. Our fingers couldn’t work without our hands, and our hands couldn’t work without our wrists. Our wrists couldn’t work without our arms, and our arms wouldn’t work without our shoulders. God has designed us to need each other and to care for each other. When someone begins down the road to carnality, we find that they don’t attend church as often as they used to. As a result, no one is around to hold them accountable and encourage them to be responsible.
One log in the fireplace does not burn very well. Logs need to be piled together for there to be a flame. The flame lasts longer when there are several logs burning together.
One Minute Please
Attending church services involves much more than attending a meeting.