A Shot in the Arm
The importance of Church attendance, Bible study, and prayer
A hypodermic syringe and a bottle of pills.
"Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee" (Psalms 119:11). "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another" (Hebrews 10:25). "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).
Do you know what this is? That's right, it is a needle like the one a doctor uses to give you a shot. I have trouble with allergies. Every week I go to the doctor and get a shot to try to keep my allergies under control. You would think that a shot every week would do that, but it doesn't. I also have to take one of these pills every day. Even with a shot every week and a pill every day, I still sometimes have trouble my with allergies, but they sure are a lot better.
Sometimes we have trouble with sin in our lives. You know what sin is, don't you? It is when we do something that the Bible tells us we shouldn't do. Like when we tell a lie or refuse to obey our parents. Or it may be when we don't do something that we know we should do. We all have a problem with sin, don't we? The Bible says that "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." That is why we need to come to church every week to get a good shot of Bible study, prayer, and encouragement. The Bible tells us that we should come together and encourage one another. That will help to keep the sin away!
Some people think that going to church once a week is enough to keep sin away, but it isn't. In addition to a weekly shot of Bible study and prayer, we need a daily dose too. We need to read our Bible and pray each day to keep sin away. The Bible says "Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee." Even with a weekly shot in the arm and a daily dose of Bible reading, we will still have some problems with sin, but we sure will do a lot better!
Dear Lord, help us to remember that we need to come to church, read your word, and pray to keep sin out of our life. We realize that even when we do our best, we will still sin, so we ask your forgiveness in Jesus' name. Amen.