I saw an interesting newspiece on TV a while back stating that “Overworked Americans are at Risk of Having Higher Blood Pressure.” It appears that studies have shown that those who work between 41-50 hours a week are at greater risk of having high blood pressure than are those who work less than 40 hours.
While this may come as somewhat of a surprise to most of us, I believe there is an even greater risk to working too many hours. Not only is there a physical risk involved, as revealed in the study… but I believe that there is a spiritual risk as well. It is a sad reflection of the society in which we live, but the more hours we work, the more prone we are to skip our spiritual disciplines such as prayer, Bible reading, and even meeting together with other believers for corporate worship.
Don’t get me wrong… I understand that there are those who can handle a rigorous work schedule and still maintain these disciplines. Nevertheless, I also know that there are yet many others whose spiritual lives are suffering do to being overworked. The reasons may vary, but the potential outcome is the same–the fading of our spiritual fire and fervor in following the Lord Jesus Christ!
The author of Hebrews gives us this strong warning,
“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near” (Hebrews 10:25, NLT).
Now let’s be honest with ourselves… how many people do you know that at one time were always in church, whenever the doors were open, and now have not darkened the doorway of a church in weeks… months… even several years? The sobering truth is that church attendance is at an all-time low in American history (some estimate appx. 18% of the American population are in church on a given Sunday). If ever there were a time to be zealous in our church attendance, it is now! We are living in a day and age in which we may very well see the Day of Jesus’ return to rapture the Church and escort us into our eternal reward.
The question, then, is this: “Will He find you faithul… in your church attendance?” Oh, I know it may be possible to go to church and not be a Christian, but is it possible to be a Christian and not go to church? Whatever your answer may be, are you willing to “bank on it”? I don’t know about you, but I’m not taking any chances… Consider yourself encouraged… and warned.
Why not make the choice to assemble with God’s people somewhere this Sunday?