Thought for the Lord’s Day

Posted on March 2, 2014 · Posted in Worldview, Worship

Why do you worship?

Jesus told the church at Smyrna that he knew of their suffering and poverty. He told them they would face prison. He encouraged them to remain faithful when they faced death. Christ did not promise any relief for their poverty and suffering. Christ offered no solution to his dire predictions except that he would give those in Smyrna life if they remained faithful.

Suppose the words Jesus gave to Smyrna were read to your church this Lord’s Day morning. How would they be received? How would you receive them?

Think carefully, love Christ deeply, and ask yourself again, why do you worship.

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.