I find it interesting that the first recorded words of our Lord Jesus Christ, spoken to his parents, had to do with the necessity of his being in his “Father’s house,” the temple. This was the place of worship, the place of theological discussion, and the place of great spiritual significance. It should have been the first place Mary and Joseph looked to find their son.
As New Testament believers, we are individually the temple of God (1 Corinthians 6:19) and collectively as a church body we are also called the temple of God (1 Corinthians 3:16). But there is a correlation between the Old Testament Temple, and the New Testament church. We gather for corporate worship as a church; we engage in theological discussions through the preaching and teaching of God’s Word; we grow in our spiritual maturity through the means of the church.
What better place to be on the Lord’s Day than with God’s people? What better way to spend our time on the Lord’s Day than engaged in spiritual pursuits? What better entity to revolve our lives around than the visible representation of Christ’s body, the church?
The church is meant to elevate God’s people above the fray of the world, through proper worship of God. This, in turn, will fuel our daily living for the glory of God.
David Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote, “The more the Church has accommodated her message to suit the palate of the people the greater has been the decline in attendance in places of worship” (Murray, Lloyd-Jones, Messenger of Grace, 13).
Being in church on the Lord’s Day is the place to hear God’s message, to minister to and with God’s people, to grow in our understanding of God’s grace, and to ascribe God’s glory to Him.
Where will you be on the Lord’s Day? May we say with Christ, “I must be in my Father’s house.”