Sundays can be very interesting days. I know for our family they can be extremely rough at times, and I know I’m not alone. I’ve talked to many Mothers who feel the same. Waking up early to make sure you get everyone fed and dressed followed by prepping snacks and packing bags with quiet things for them to do…oh, and don’t forget to tame that bedhead! 🙂 (If you are a super organized Mom you would have prepped stuff the night before. I’ll be honest, I’m not that organized most times.)
Then you’ve got to get yourself ready and able to run out the door just in the nick of time. You get to church and immediately the baby starts fussing. It’s nap time, and this baby refuses to sleep without her bed. Come home, put them down for a nap, and then right back at it making them sit still and be quiet all over again for the evening service.
Does this sound familiar or is it just me?
I recently went to a ladies Bible study where we are studying the life of Paul. What we talked about had a lot to do with what I have been thinking about lately with how hard going to church is sometimes. We talked about his early years as a child and how he was most likely brought up back then. They started training their children very young in the law. By preschool age he could already recite numerous chapters of Psalms and by the age of 13 he was considered a man. His upbringing helped mold him into the amazing man he was, especially after he was converted by the Lord to do His work.
The verse I always think about in those hard times during service is Proverbs 22:6. It says;
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Would it be easier to sleep in and just go to Sunday night service or maybe even just stream the service online? Yes, sure it would be, but then you have to ask yourself what is your priority in doing that? Obviously that would be putting ourselves first and missing the whole point of why we assemble together. I want my children to know that we give our firsts to God. That means the first part of our day and the first part of our week. I want them to know that we give him our best. If we were going out with some friends, wouldn’t we want to look nice and dress up? If we do that for friends then we should definitely do that for God. It’s a respect thing. Our priority should be God first. This is especially hard for during the week as well. There are so many different things and activities that try to get us distracted from meeting with our Brothers and Sisters in Christ. Is it biblical that we have to meet on Wednesday nights for Bible study? No, although we should respect that our Elders have set that time for us to come together. Hebrews 13:17 says,
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
Again though, ask yourself what your priority is in training up your children. Do you want them to put importance on other things like sports, or do you want to put an importance on meeting with our Spiritual family edifying and building each other up through the studying of the scriptures? I’ll be the first one to say that I don’t believe being at the church building every time the door is open saves you, but it does help us remember why we are here and who does save us. It doesn’t just stop at the church building. Deuteronomy 6: 4-9 says:
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
We as parents are to train up our children at home teaching them diligently about God and what he has done for us. This is how we ought to live and breath. Teaching God’s word should be our #1 priority.
So even though it’s hard and stressful right now, I will get up on Sundays and my get my children excited about worship. I will take them to Bible class during the week after a long day to meet with their church buddies. I will train them up in the Lord, praying that they will remain faithful doing His work seeking and saving the lost and training up future generations to do the same until the Lord returns. This is my priority, and why we do our best to train up our children in the Lord’s church.