Oct 2, 2012

Connecting with God is Not the Same Thing as Worshiping God

But I feel so much more connected to God when I am out in nature than when I am in church?

Ever hear that one?

One of the ways that I connect with God is through riding my motorcycle. There are few other activities that helps me connect with God better than when I am out riding.

So if you connect with God in nature, or on a sailboat, or out on the golf course, certainly do those things.

Do that which enriches your spiritual journey.

Just don't let that take the place of regularly showing up in the house of God on the Lord's Day.

Keeping the Lord's Day the Lord's Way is not a suggestion, not something we do when it's convenient, but a simple command by God.

This is what God's people do.

We show up to God's house to worship on the Lord's Day.

Hebrews 10:25 says it like this, "Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching."

The words "meeting together" is one word in compound word in the Greek. It is episunagogane.

  • epi is the word for "around" 
  • sunagogane is where we get the word for synagogue
Meeting together literally means, gathering around the synagogue. 

"Let us not give up gathering around the synagogue" so that God can recalibrate our hearts and minds. Let us not give up gathering around the house of God so that God can inject his hope and purpose into our lives.

You see, life has a way of sucking God's purposes and God's vision. Life has a way of covering up God's purposes for our lives with all its busyness. And unless we regularly set aside the time to be refocused and injected with the hope of Jesus Christ and his purpose for the world, we will lose hope.

You see, we have to gather around God's house to be injected with his hope and purpose at least once a week to be reminded that we were created for more than the mere accumulation of stuff, that we were created to make the world more like God's kingdom. 

So take your nature walks. Go sailing. Go play golf. Go ride your motorcycle. 

And do not give up gathering around the house of God on the Lord's Day. 

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