Time for Church
"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is" (Hebrews 10:25).
On Sunday morning when you say, "It's time for church," what response do you get from your homeschooled children? Depending on the age of your children, those words bring a variety of responses. Teenagers roll over and want to sleep another two hours, elementary-aged children would rather play and dislike getting ready, and toddlers are too young to care, but they require extra effort in preparing diaper bags.
The Lord told the children of Israel to remember to set aside a day to worship when He gave His people the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:8-11. One day of the week was to be set apart to keep it holy. Throughout church history, this practice has continued, but today you would not recognize Sunday as being any different from any other day of the week.
What does Sunday look like at your house? Do you find yourself skipping church regularly? Do you take advantage of half-sick children and use them for an excuse to stay home? Is getting everyone to church on Sunday mornings too big a fight? Don't give in and take the easy way out! There is a special blessing waiting for you today as a corporate group of believers: "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them" (Matthew 18:20). God is waiting to meet with you, and He delights in your praises and worship. Don't use this day for shopping or getting caught up on chores. Both you and your children need to learn to discipline your lives. "I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD" (Psalm 122:1).
Lord, forgive me for being lazy. Getting my family to church is so difficult at times. Help me to organize this Saturday and prepare to meet You this Sunday with my children. In Jesus' name, Amen.