Did you know that Jesus, Himself, worshipped? While Jesus was on earth, He was fully human– not half human, half God (Hebrews 5:17). So, Jesus, too, had a lifestyle of worship. He needed to worship because in order to fulfill His earthly purpose. It was going to be brutal, painful, frustrating and even discouraging- yet He accomplished it and was without sin. How? He had to have a consistent, strong connection with God.
Jesus also prioritized worshipping among other believers. Psalm 22, a prophetic Psalm speaking the words of Jesus, notes that He worshipped, “in the midst of the congregation”. Why is it so important for Christians to gather together for worship? Among some reasons are encouragement, teaching, admonishment and discipline, discipleship, accountability, teaching, prophecy and fresh revelation. (Colossians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 4:26; Hebrews 10:25) Jesus, Himself, noted that, “…where two or three are gathered together, there I am in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20)
Worshipping privately is a necessary part of your personal relationship with Him, but there are also specific, necessary purposes to gathering with other believers
Can God’s presence be with you as you worship alone? Absolutely! Worshipping privately is a necessary part of your personal relationship with Him, but there are also specific, necessary purposes to gathering with other believers that will support you as you “run the race set before you.” (Hebrews 12:1-2) Plain and simple- you need to be meeting together with other believers, as Jesus did. Let yourself be challenged, frustrated, sharpened, taught, admonished and lifted up. It’s all part of the plan God has to keep His people on the path He has laid out with His divine purpose for each individual.
Thought for today
Hebrews 10:25, “Let us not forsake the assembling of ourselves together…” Worship among other Christians regularly. If you desire more of God, allow yourself to be known, and submit to trusted leadership. They will speak wisdom into your life and help you grow. No, it won’t always be easy, but it will be to your ultimate benefit. Jesus’ own life is the example we must pattern ourselves after. Each Christian who is actively following after God will bring something unique, spiritually and in the natural, into a time of worship and it may be the exact thing you need right now!