Be a reason people come to church

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Personal Responsibility”
Our Bible verse for today: “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!” Psalm 133:1 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Be a reason people come to church”
Today is Monday, how was your Sunday? Did you remember the lessons from our recent daily devotionals and did you practice them? For instance, did you fulfill your personal responsibility to attend the gathering of your church? Remember, your church needs you to be there.
If you were there, did you fulfill your personal responsibility to encourage, bless, and serve others? All of us have been given spiritual gifts, talents, skills, abilities, and resources that God intends for us to use to bless others and to help with His kingdom-building work. Did you do your part? Did you help?
Finally, did you fulfill your personal responsibility to protect the unity of your church? It’s up to each of us to be thick-skinned and not easily offended; and we are to be agents of peace rather than taking offense and bickering. Most things are not a big deal and therefore should not be made into big deals.
A healthy church family gathered together, with everyone fulfilling their personal responsibilities to make and keep the church healthy, is a joyful and spiritually nurturing experience. That’s what David was describing in Psalm 133:1 (above). He was writing about the community of faith and what a wonderful thing it is when God’s people get along with each other. That’s why David was also able to write, in Psalm 122:1, “I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’” David loved going to church! And so should we.
When I began this series about personal responsibility, I noted that the issues we would think about this month were all matters of personal responsibility for us because God has revealed in the Bible that He has made them our responsibility. Therefore, I suggested we should each select a few and turn them into New Years resolutions that we would work on in the coming year.
Today’s topic from Psalm 133:1 would be a great goal to work on this year. Decide to be a source of blessing, peace, and harmony in your church – a person others love to be around. How wonderful if you were a reason people wanted to go to church! They don’t want to miss church because they don’t want to miss seeing you. That’s not taking anything away from Jesus. Quite the contrary. It would be evidence of Jesus working in you and through you to bless others.
Will you make it one of your resolutions this year to be a reason people want to be in your church?
God bless,
Pastor Jim 
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