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. Heb. 10:25
Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 1 Cor. 1:10
Remember getting that special something under the tree on Christmas Day only to read these words on the box, some assembly required? Although you were now the proud owner of this wonderful gift, it wasn’t even useful until you cornered dear ole dad long enough to get out the trusty tool kit and assemble it for you. Even though you could hardly wait for your gift to be assembled, often times your order may have gotten lost among the list of other urgent request orders of the day, or maybe it got the ole put off because, if the truth be known, it was to difficult, or maybe after a diligent attempt it was found that crucial part #227 was among the missing. Upon thinking on the familiar phrase in Heb. 10:25, Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, it occurred to me, concerning the Body of Christ, that assembly is REQUIRED!
1 Corinthians 12:18 speaks of our set place or our God assignment concerning our placement in the Body of Christ. From the body analogy, we know that every part in the body has a specific function and location. 1 Corinthians 1:10 says, that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. To me, the phrase perfectly joined together brings to mind a puzzle. Although there seems to be at least a ga-zillion pieces when you pour them on the table, each one of them has to be properly placed and snuggly fitted next to its neighbor in order for the puzzle to be perfectly joined together! If there is the slightest gap or division between even two pieces of the puzzle, this will prevent future pieces from being joined to the puzzle, i.e. completion and future growth! The question we should be asking ourselves is, Am I hindering or promoting the growth of my church?
Now, I think the assembly part is clear, but the REQUIRED part may still be a little hard to swallow. We could modernize our reference from Hebrews 10 just a bit and say, DO NOT forsake the assembling of yourselves together, as some are in the habit of doing! Tying this truth with the part about your God assignment, the requirement part becomes clear doesn’t it? Well we have all heard many sermons on church attendance taken from Hebrews 10:25. I know I have preached my fair share, but I happened to believe God has a lot more in mind for us than just showing up on Sunday. If one can put a thousand demons to flight and two ten thousand, and if a praying people in one place, with one purpose, and one voice can shake the foundation, we should never come to church expecting anything short of the miraculous! Why? Because Jesus promised in Matthew 18:20 that if two or three of us would come together in His Name, there He would be in the midst! Need I say any more? Now let’s get the coming together and the joining together issues resolved and make way for the miraculous. Let’s make way for nothing short of the glory of the Lord next time we meet for our required assembly!