Keep On Keeping On
It's sad when some joke of sorts, holds some truths sometimes. Someone put this up this week, after the perceived gas shortage last week.
"If the news declared a shortage of seats at church on Sunday, would we see a long line of cars trying to get into the parking lot?"
I was one who rushed out to fill my tank, even though the big wigs were saying the only shortages were because everybody was doing what I was doing! But, because everybody was doing it, there were some temporary disruptions in the delivery, and therefore, the pumps were out in some places.
If only such a rumor could indeed fill the pews on Sunday! If only people took their faith as serious as being out of gas for a couple of days. For me, being in worship every Sunday, and even Wednesday, is like filling up with gas. It keeps me going until the next time I meet with other Christians to worship, and that one till the next, and so on. I keep my spiritual gas tank as full as I can, so that it doesn't run dry.
We are called to persevere (keep on keeping on), because without doing so, negative influences have a greater chance of taking a foothold of our lives. Any place we move God aside, something else quickly fills that place. We need to make more room for God, not less.
That's why the Hebrew writer, in his call for believers to persevere said, "...let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." (Heb 10)