If you're reading this, you might be wondering why people care if you show up every Sunday or not. You may be searching for some validation for your once-a-month church drop-ins. You could be searching out a curiosity - why we have church every week or so many services. Or you could just be reading random things you find on the internet. Either way, let's get into it.
1. The Body of Christ is made of many members.
That makes you a part of the body. When you're separated from your fellow believers and the rest of the Body of Christ for whatever reason, you can feel isolated and begin doubting your place with God and His people. What would you do if part of your physical body decided to not be there or function until it felt like it every two months or so? Not great, probably. On top of that, would that body part really feel like it was a part? It would've lost blood supply and communication a long time ago. When you only show up occasionally, you've isolated yourself and affected the functionality of others.
2. Distractions, distractions everywhere!
Have you ever joined a fad? Something that everyone was doing and thought it was the best thing ever and then it died off like three months later? We can get caught up in fads, trends, and crazy ideas that pull us away from our walk with God. When we let go of scheduled time to unify with other believers to learn and worship, we give ourselves over to whatever is happening in our lives. Once we've allowed ourselves to be distracted to miss one or two or three weeks in a row, it's likely that we've made a new habit of not making the effort to come at all. It's doubtful that if we've let everything consume our availability to make it to service that we've managed to carve out time to pray and worship and learn on our own.
3. We live in dark times.
Living in today's world can be depressing. In this country, we have so many corrupt officials, media we can't trust, mass homicides, and more. People are loudly requesting to remove God in every area of life. There is a serious spiritual battle going on.
"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." Hebrews 10:25 (KJV)
The day is approaching and we need each other. Some days, it's overwhelming. We need encouragement from each other and to be reminded that despite the darkness we see, our God is still on the throne, He still has a plan, and we still have a purpose! Sometimes it takes dragging ourselves out of bed Sunday morning and making it to church a few minutes late to be revived and refreshed. (Just try to be the one encouraging someone else, too!)
I understand that work schedules often conflict with church services. Make it when you can! Listen to the sermon recording if available so you're not out of the loop. In the United States, you can tell your employer that you cannot work certain shifts due to having religious service that day & time. Pray about it and see what God wants you to do. Ask Him to make a way for you so that you won't be isolated from His body.