If loving God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength is, in fact, the greatest commandment, then assembling with the household of God on the first day of each week to corporately worship and commune with our heavenly Father is a top priority (Heb. 10:25). We start each week coming apart from the world and assembling with the people of God around the family Table to remember who He is and what He has done, and remembering who we are and why we are here. The church of God was purchased at the cost of the blood of Christ (Acts 20:28), and thus the church has the highest value. The church is not simply some abstract, invisible entity that exists only in the realm of our ideas. It’s the real flesh-and-blood people of God―which is the Body of Christ―into which we were baptized, and to which, by covenant, we have pledged our lives. When we allow other things to bump the church down the list of our priorities (e.g., “I had a busy week”; “I was tired”; “I need the rest”; “we had out of town company”; “we had tickets to the big game”; etc.), then (whether we thought about it or not), we have made a statement that the Body of Christ (and our part in it), is not the real priority.

One way to test our level of commitment to Christ and His church is to substitute other things for the church and see what our answer would be. Would this other thing (e.g., my weariness, my company, etc.), have kept me home from work?  If this were a big event (e.g., my birthday party, a meeting with the governor, a wedding of a loved one, etc.), would I have missed it for the same reasons I decide not to go to church?

As long as we continue to see the church as a PART of our life, instead of the CENTER of our life, we will continue to miss the point. The local church is an outpost of the kingdom of God; it’s His household. Our nuclear families are to be outposts of the church. Make the decision to go to church ONE TIME; not each week, not each Saturday night, not each Sunday morning. Worship is a top priority!