August 7, Monday

The AMI QT Devotionals from August 7-11 are provided by Pastor Ryun Chang who writes about his recent teaching trip to Cuba. 

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS FOR TODAY

Is Today Monday or Sunday?

Hebrews 10:25 (NIV 1984)

“Let us not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Is attending Sunday worship service important to you?  As a believer and a father trying to model a life of faith to his children, worshiping God corporately on Sundays has been very important.  And today’s passage suggests that once you miss a Sunday, it may become a habit for some.

I don’t like to travel on Sundays, but sometimes I have no other option, as was the case with my recent trip to Cuba where I taught at a seminary near Havana.  My daughter faced the same predicament as her plane to Boston was scheduled to leave an hour before mine.  We did try to find a Saturday service but couldn’t; I even searched for Korean churches nearby since they are known to hold early prayer meetings but to no avail.

My daughter, however, felt that she could make it to AMI’s Symphony Church if her plane arrived on time.  So, I was elated to read her text, while waiting for my connection flight to Cuba, that read: “Got to Symphony service in time for the sermon.”  But I wasn’t so fortunate: my plan to visit the airport chapel was quickly quashed upon realizing that it required leaving the airport security zone; there just wasn’t enough time.  Then, something happened the next day in Cuba that made up for what didn’t happen on Sunday.

I went to Havana, with my teaching assistant Jon (staff at Radiance Christian Church), to teach from Monday through Friday.  But the first Monday class didn’t start until after 3 PM because the week begins with a prayer service from 10 AM to 1 PM.  There were over 200 people, comprised of students and local church leaders, in attendance.  It was a full service with an hour-long worship, intermittent prayers, and a sermon, which I preached.  During the worship, I asked Jon (who also missed Sunday), “Is today Sunday or Monday?”  He assured me that it was Monday!  We then broke out in joyous laughers with me saying, “Thank the Lord; we didn’t miss Sunday service after all.”

Sometimes we have no choice but to miss a Sunday, but don’t make a habit of it.  If you missed it last week, write this down in your phone: Meet God at His house this Sunday.

Prayer: Father, thank You for giving us a living institution, Your church, where we can worship You corporately.  Forgive me whenever I become lackadaisical about Sunday worship and give into temptation.  Help me to truly worship You.  Amen.    

Bible Reading for Today: John 16


Lunch Break Study

Read John 4:24: “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth”;

Mt. 18:20: “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

1 Cor. 12:12: “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.”

Questions to Consider

  1. How should we worship God and what does that imply?
  2. We can certainly worship God alone but how is that different from worshiping the Lord corporately? Think about the workings of the Body of Christ.
  3. What is the great obstacle in your life that diminishes your weekly worship experience, including being inconsistent with attending Sunday services?

Notes

  1. We are to worship God in spirit and truth. Worshiping God in truth would certainly include worshiping Him with right doctrine (1 Tim. 4:16, 2 Jn. 1:9).  Worshiping God in spirit would include worshiping with the right heart, with prayer and praise to Him.
  2. The corporate worship of God, that is, together physically with members of the body of Christ, can accentuate the presence of Christ among them when it is done in spirit and truth. This is not to underplay the importance of individual worshiping of God at home or other places.
  3. Personal response.

Evening Reflection

Let’s conclude this day with a beautiful psalm that beautifully depicts the worshiping of God.

Slowly read Psalm 95:1-7 as you worship the Lord.

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! 3 For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. 4 In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. 5 The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. 6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! 7 For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.”

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