A pastor was once asked to define “Faithful Attendance at Worship,” and this was his reply: “All that I ask is that we apply the same standards of faithfulness to our church activities that we would in other areas of our life. That doesn’t seem too much to ask. Consider these examples:
• If your car started one out of three times, would you consider it faithful?
• If the paperboy skipped Monday and Thursdays, would they be missed?
• If you didn’t show up at work two or three times a month, would your boss call you faithful?
• If your refrigerator quit a day now and then, would you excuse it and say, ‘Oh, well, it works most of the time’?
• If your water heater greets you with cold water one or two mornings a week while you were in the shower, would it be faithful?
• If you miss a couple of mortgage payments in a year’s time, would your mortgage holder say, ‘Oh, well, ten out of twelve isn’t bad?’
If you miss worship and attend meetings only often enough to show you’re interested but not often enough to really get involved, are you faithful?”
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.”
Written by Dr. Bud Steadman, Executive Director of Baptist World Mission