Worshipping While on Vacation
By Kyle Pope
As you travel from place to place
the next time you’re on vacation think about some reasons it is important to
take the time to find a faithful group of Christians to worship with while you
other Christians. All over the world Christians struggle with faithfulness,
both as individuals and as congregations. Especially in smaller congregations,
it can offer a real “shot in the arm” to brethren to meet those who love the
Lord from other places.
It teaches our
children. Taking the time to find a local church to worship with
teaches our children who travel with us that while vacations may be fun there
is also a place for the Lord in our times of relaxation.
those who are with us. Often vacations
involve time with friends or family who do not share our faith. It can have a
strong impact on those we love to see us happily and anxiously set aside our
entertainment for awhile to focus on spiritual things.
It edifies us. Brethren in other places are doing great work. They have
great insights, energy and zeal. Learning from their strengths and weaknesses
can help us better serve the congregation we work with and (in some cases) be
more thankful for what we have.
It pleases the
Lord. When the Lord instructs us in
Hebrews 10:24,25 to “...consider one another in order to stir up love and
good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the
manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the
Day approaching” (NKJV), He is talking about the way we should live our
lives all year round. We should never adopt a mentality that looks for the
“minimum daily requirements” that fulfills these instructions. While worship
on the Lord’s day with the local church where we regularly worship is
important, that is not all that Hebrews 10:24, 25 addresses. Mid-week studies,
gospel meetings in the area, and worship services in other places, are all
assemblies of God’s people striving to grow. We must remember that fellowship
with the Lord means that we have fellowship with His people, whether locally or
in other places (I John 1:1-4).