Church Attendance and Salvation
The Bible gives us an example in the life of Jesus’ parents that helps us see the importance of constant connection to the Lord to maintain our salvation. If Joseph and Mary had kept their minds upon God by thought and prayer, they would not have lost sight of Jesus. By one day’s neglect, they lost the Savior; but it cost them three days of uneasy search to find Him (Luke 2:44-46). So, it is with us; by idle talk, evil- speaking, or negligence of prayer and study of the Word, we may in one day lose the Savior’s presence, and it may take many days of distressed search to find Him, and regain the harmony that we have lost.
Many attend church services, and are revitalized and reassured by the word of God; but through daily neglect of meditation, caution, and prayer, they lose the blessing, and find themselves more deprived than before they received it. Often, they feel that God has dealt hardly with them. They do not see that the fault is their own. By daily disconnecting themselves from Jesus, they have shut away the light of His presence.
It would be well for us to spend special time each day in contemplation of the life of Christ (Psalm 119:105). We should take it point by point, and let the mind grasp each scene, especially the ending ones. As we meditate upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more persistent, our love will grow, and we shall be more deeply infused with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross (John 3:16).
Then when we fellowship with the believers, we will be a blessing to each other (Ephesians 5:19-21). If we are Christ’s, we shall love to talk of Him; and as we speak to one another of His love, our hearts will become kinder by His divine powers. Observing the beauty of His character, we shall be “changed into the same image from glory to glory” (2 Corinthians 3:18). As we abide in Him, we will become partakers of the divine nature and have the assurance of salvation now and on the day of Judgement.
In His service,