I have often heard people say that they do not need to go to church to worship or serve God. While this may be true, the church is a symbol of God’s presence. It is a place set aside for prayer, worship, and fellowship, a place where we can learn, grow, and be nurtured. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them. God elected Solomon to build a temple that was the spiritual center for the children of Israel. It is undeniable that when believers meet to worship God, they experience Him in a way that they would not have individually because the body of Christ is God’s temple. It is worth knowing that when the Babylonians destroyed the temple Solomon built, formal worship of God ended and the people abandoned God, which resulted in their captivity.
The point I am trying to make is that the church as a body supports and strengthens believers, and it also holds us accountable for our words and actions. Without that accountability, our commitment to God can become self-serving, insincere and casual. God knew this would happen, that is why He warns, “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another.”
The Christian walk is not an easy one by any means, and although we may feel that we are living a “good” life, quite often it is when we begin to think that whatever we have achieved comes from our own strength, wisdom and power and not from God. We should not be so self-confident to believe we can fight the good fight all on our own. So we must be very careful of assuming a casual attitude towards God, which puts us in danger of the same moral collapse the children of Israel suffered.
Matthew 18:20; Hebrews 10-13-23