Does the world know you like your smartphone?

The last few Sunday mornings when I got into my truck to start to the
building for services, my phone would alert me of the traffic conditions and time to my destination. The phone was displaying my destination on the screen, which was the address of the church building. It seems amazing that these little devices learn so much about us just by being with us, and kind of scary, too. This got me to thinking about all those that know me. Do they know where I will be on those times for bible study or worship service? What happens if I skip or miss a assembly? Do my brothers and sisters in Christ receive encouragement by my presence? Let’s look at a few scriptures from the
word of God about our presence when members of the body assemble.
Just by being present at those times set aside for bible study, song service, or
worship service, we accomplish a lot. We can set goals, pray, hire the best preacher,
have the best song leader, have the most attractive building, etc., but missing members
of the body causes some effects. The members are the body of Christ. “For just as the
body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though
many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into
one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one
Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many.” (1 Corinthians
12:12-14 ESV) Would you miss your right arm? Would your missing arm (member)
affect your ability to strike a match to light a candle? How would our absence affect
Christ’s body?
We read to let our light shine to the world that we may bring more to know God’s
word. By those around you being able to predict your behavior, allows your light to
shine bright. “Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand,
and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before
others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who
is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:15-16 ESV). Of course, we can shine our light in different
ways, but just by being present we open other doors to letting our light shine.
What does the scriptures say about our assembling ourselves together? “And
let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting
to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the
more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:10, 24-25 ESV)
Are you an encouragement to your brothers and sisters in Christ? “Therefore
encourage one another and build one another up….” (1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV)
Our presence at a service communicates to those around us loudly. I know several of
my brother’s in Christ has influenced and been a great encouragement to me. What if
they chose not to be present?
If God appeared across the field from you, would you walk or run to him? “For
where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
(Matthew 18:20 ESV) This verse gives a whole new perspective about joining together
in the name of God. Are you running to God? “The name of the Lord is a strong
tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” (Proverbs 18:10 ESV)

The services at the Tallapoosa congregation is 10AM (bible study), 11AM
(worship service), and 5PM (worship service). The last Sunday of the month we have a
fellowship meal after the 11AM service with our evening service following about 1:15
PM. A bible study is scheduled at 7PM on Wednesday nights. Can your family and
friends predict your destination during these times or does your smartphone know
better?