DO NOT NEGLECT OUR GATHERING TOGETHER
Message From Pastor (Dr) E. O. Abina,
The General Overseer of GOFAMINT
“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Heb. 10:24-25).
Christian life is no lone-ranger race. It is; if I may get it right a community life. We benefit from one another when we come together for worship or prayer meeting. God does not intend that we should be what some people call lone-ranger. Nobody can live even the natural life alone without the help of some others (if I get it right).
So also in our Christian race, which is not one day or one year race for several people we need others in our life. You can’t enjoy life if you lock yourself inside your house throughout your lifetime. If that happened at all that would be a wasted life not worth-living. And as a church, we enjoy coming together for prayer meetings, worship service, marriage, christening the newly-born babes and so on. Furthermore, we live in a world that is full of riots, unrest, troubles and the likes. But when as Christians we come together at a place of worship or prayer, we enjoy coming together and even sharing our individual experiences with trusted family on earth. And all of the members are brothers and sisters of the largest family on earth. (See Gal. 3:26-29).
Are you not happy and excited as you see yourself as a member and part of this family? And one thing that characterizes this family is love. We love one another because God our heavenly Father is a Father who loves, John says, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God,’ and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” (I Jn. 4:7,8). The love we are talking about here is God’s kind of love. The very kind of love which He extended to us. The apostle Paul says, “…God demonstrated His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rm. 5;8)
If we were holy as God is holy, there would be no need for Christ to die for our sins. He came and bore our sin penalty on himself so that we might be acceptable to God. He loved us unconditionally. You may want to ask, does God love the sinner. Yes of course he does, but he does not love the sin of the sinner that is why the sinner should accept and appreciate the love of God for him or her, come out from sin and surrender his or her life to Jesus for a new life that attracts the favour of God. As we do this we join ourselves with the people of God and enjoy the new life together in Christ. One of the ways to do this is to ensure that we make it our top-most interest to join other Christian brothers and sisters in our local church as much as humanly possible to get warmth and encouragement for growth. Please don’t do it alone go along with your church. Ensure you attend your national convention and our Annual International Convention, and you will not regret you did.
- O Lord, destroy every power of discouragement hindering me of serving you in Jesus name.
- Any reproach in my life that makes me runaway from people of God, die by fire in Jesus name.
- As I gather together with people of God, let the glory of God be seen in my life henceforth in Jesus name. Amen.