Ezekiel 20:42 “And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to your fathers.”
There is a kingdom coming in which I had a place reserved in Heaven for me. At the appointed time, I shall be brought home to be with Him. The key to this passage, though, is the first portion:
“And ye shall know that I am the LORD”
The Apostle Paul reiterated the same:
Philippians 3:10 “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;”
Knowing God is the key and Him to know us is our passage into Heaven. God forbid you should ever hear these words:
Matthew 7:22-23 “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
The very thought that my God knows my name and that my name is written in the Book of Life is a comfort I cannot find enough words to express.
Most often, Sundays are my day to recharge, recoup, and ready myself for the week ahead. Many think to recuse themselves from church activity is a way to do that. I find that just the opposite is true.
When in church, I hear the sweet songs of God, the prayers of the saints, and the preaching that almost always seems to be tailor made for me to hear. I share in the fellowship of those who I know care for my soul. I am taught things that I normally would not go after in my own studies and find that I learn more about my God.
It is no wonder then, that God admonishes us:
Hebrews 10:25 “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.”
In this age of technology, churches now offer the ability to watch the service live from your own home. While illness may validate such a tool for us to use, I have found that nothing can replace a warm handshake, a word of encouragement spontaneously given from a friend, or the ambience of taking in all that surrounds me when in the house of God.
So, today, drink in the experience. Be present in the moment. Come expecting a blessing and think it a blessing; not a chore to attend services at your local, new testament church this morning.