Why will you attend church today?
Is it because the Scripture commands us to “not neglect our meeting together, as some people do”? (Hebrews 10:25a NLT) That’s important, but there ought to be more to it than that.
Many of those who will filter into the auditorium this morning will be there for the wrong reason.
Some will come out of habit, obligation, or a sense of duty.
Some will be there to enjoy an experience — rocking music, an entertaining speaker, the goosebumps of an emotional high.
Some will attend for the society: laughter with friends or social networking. (It can happen face to face!)
All those will enter an “auditorium” — a place for spectators to listen to a presentation. Too few will enter it as a “worship center,” as a “sanctuary” — a place to enter the presence of Almighty God, filled with awe, to humble themselves before him, to acknowledge him for who he is, to express gratitude for his grace and mercy, to listen attentively as he speaks truth and power into their lives, to receive his orders for the days ahead.
Let more of us enter his presence today, following the example of the twenty-four elders of Revelation 4:10-11a, who fall down and worship the one sitting on the throne — the one who lives forever and ever — and lay their crowns before his throne, saying, “You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power.” (NLT)