Another…’average’ Sunday

Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.  Acts 2:41

And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter. So Paul departed from among them. Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.  Acts 17:32-34

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 the more, as ye see the day approaching.  Hebrews 10:24-25

Many of us are tonight preparing for tomorrow. Some may be setting out clothes, while others may be reading their Bibles. There are some, however, who may be dreading Sunday services for one simple reason: they know it cannot measure up to their expectations. They have been in amazing services where the Spirit of God has worked through the Word in a powerful way, and they have seen hundres make professions of faith as in Acts 2:41. They have seen saints of God fall under conviction and pledge their lives to deeper service, and they have felt the sting of their conscience in such a way as they will never forget. Tomorrow, however, those Christians will get up, put on the same clothes, drive to the same church, hear the same preacher, and go to the same altar. They might see a few professions, as in Acts 17. How, they wonder, can I possibly enjoy this?

The answer is found in Scripture. We find enjoyment in “not forsaking the assmebling of ourselves together” because it is in the mundane routine of a weekly service that the living God meets with us. Every time a preacher stands behind the sacred desk and opens the Word of God, the Lord of Heaven condescends to meet with His people. We may not feel it, we may be bored, but the Lord is present to work. Indeed, we see no indication in Scripture that every service will be a Pentecost-like conversion time. What we do see, though, is the exhortation to continue on every week, knowing that we will grow in grace and faith. So, let us rejoice in another “average” Sunday as we meet with the King of Kings.

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