Is anyone else amused by funny church signs? Some clearly try too hard. Some border on the line of blasphemy or heresy. But some are genuinely funny and will get a chuckle out of me.
The one above is, of course, a famous one. The punch line is finished with: What’s missing? U R.
While the sign, is again, humorous (especially because I am pretty sure it pre-dates texting. Talking with just letters has been around a while I suppose), it also brings up an important point: we should not miss church.
I know, we would expect a pastor to say this statement. But it’s true. Hebrews 10:25 encourages believers to not give up assembling together, and this is important.
When we gather together as the Body of Christ, there is a rich fellowship that occurs among all. Those who come are encouraged, and have the excitement and joy of worship, together, as one.
It is also something we need more in this world. It might not be a secret, but Christians are in hostile territory. There is a world that does not agree with what we believe. We are called strangers in this world by Peter (1 Pet. 1:1). While that feeling of being an alien in the world will never subside, there is a blessing in knowing one is not alone, which happens when we gather.
This post could go on for pages and pages, but I will conclude with one more benefit of gathering: it’s a tune-up for our armor.
Ephesians 6 speaks of the armor of God. This armor is what we need to get through each day in a hostile world (and it could also inspire a future post). Gathering with other Christians is a good way to make sure your maintenance on your armor is up to speed, that your armor is well-tuned, so to speak.
I will end by being blunt: I believe there are far too many Christians who are missing far too much church, sometimes for pretty flimsy reasons. We must not give into this temptation! We are called by God to meet together. We need to tune-up for our armor, and you never know how YOU could speak and encourage another believer.
So, make sure there’s a church in your area, not a ch__ch!
Until next time, in Christ,