“I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.” Psalm 122:1

Today is a very special day, the day we gather together in the house of the Lord to worship Him and to fellowship with our brothers and sisters.  It is a day we look forward to all week long.  I know we get together for Bible study and perhaps at other times during the week, but Sundays are special.

Most of us have heard the quote by President John F Kennedy in his speech on January 1961: “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” Let’s turn that around and say: “Ask not what your church can do for you, but what you can do for your church.”

I know our pastors will have spent much time in prayer and study, asking the Lord to give them the message that people need for today.  As we pray for the services, do we just pray that the Lord will bless us, or do we pray that the Lord will make us a blessing to others.  God has been so good to us, much more than we deserve.  He wants us to share our blessing with others.

As we gather together, there will be people who have come with problems and situations that they need answers for.  Those of us who have known the Lord for many years, need to be an inspiration and an example to others.  The way that we respond in the worship service, and to the message will speak to them much more than any words that we could say.  When they see us raising our hands, lifting our voices to the Lord in praise, it will let them know that God is faithful, that He has kept us through the years and that He is able to meet them as well.

David said he was glad for the opportunity to go to the house of the Lord.  Are you looking forward to what the Lord is going to do today in your local church?  We cannot expect the Pastor to do it all, each of us has a place to fill.  Let’s be vessels of the Lord today, that others may see Christ in us and be blessed.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, as we prepare for worship today, fill our hearts with a desire to be a blessing and example so that others will come to know You.

Devotion by Anne Johnston


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