“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18.20
I don’t know how you react to the truth that God is “in the midst” of His children when they are gathered to glorify Him, but it is very difficult for me to wrap my head around that thought. Just think about it – EVERYTIME we gather in His name, He is there. What would cause the God of the universe to choose to meet together with His children? The only thing that makes sense to me is He is driven by His great love for us.
Let’s consider this truth that God meets with His children. Does the fact that God chooses to go to church and meet with us there bring a new dimension to attending church? If we simply attend out of a sense of duty, we are not there because we think God is going to meet with us. If we come just to see our friends, we are not there because we think God is going to meet with us. If we attend just so somebody won’t call and ask us where we were last Sunday, we are not there because we think God is going to meet with us.
“ For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” What would our “gathering together” next Sunday look like if we knew God was going to meet with us? For one, our attitude would be different about why we sing and what we sing in worship to God. We would not be counting the number of times we repeated a certain phrase over and over in one song. We would be lifting our hearts to God as though NO ONE ELSE was there. We would say to God, “Help me hear something today from the sermon that I can apply to my life and you can be glorified in me.” You see, if God meets with us (and He does), then my presence with God’s children is NEVER about me, but it is ALWAYS about Him. Just my thoughts …