如果基督徒参与每周日的敬拜聚会而对主耶稣忠心，我们可以期待听到耶稣欢迎我们进入天堂，说：“又良善又忠心的仆人哪，你作得好！… 进来，享受你主人的快乐吧！…蒙我父赐福的，来承受创世以来为你们预备好的国吧”（马太福音25:23, 34）。
Why Christians Attend Worship Every Sunday
10: In Order to Go to Heaven
By Edward Short
Students take exams; factories have quality control personnel; society has courts, laws and policemen; the medical world has certification boards. What all of these have in common is that every facet of life and every area of endeavor involve standards. A student can go on to the next grade only if he passes the tests; a product goes to market only after the QC Department stamps it “Standard;” a citizen need not fear the police and judge if he doesn’t break any laws. A medical school grants a diploma and medical license only after the med student passes all the exams. Which one of us wants an unlicensed surgeon to operate on us?! Would we ride in an airplane piloted by someone who had no pilots’ license? Would we purchase a car that failed factory inspection? Do we want to live in a society that has no policemen, no judges and no courts? Since many people wouldn’t live according to a “standard,” a society without police and courts would mean chaos and anarchy.
I believe that both you and I will agree that “standards” are good and should be implemented. We want other people to live by standards. We encourage others to do their best, to pass exams, to clear the bar, and to meet other challenges. We quote proverbs such as “true gold fears no fire” and other such statements. The problem is that while we apply these standards to others, we don’t necessarily make ourselves live up to them.
The Bible has a message—that there will be a Day of Judgment, and that on that day God will judge each of us according to his standard—his word, the Bible. The Bible speaks plainly when it says that, “…just as it is appointed for mortals to die once, and after that the judgment…” (Hebrews 9:27 NRSV). The apostle Paul told the scholars in Athens, Greece, “because he [God] has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed [Jesus Christ], and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead” (Hebrews 17:31 NRSV). Jesus Christ himself told his audience, “The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; on the last day the word that I have spoken will serve as judge” (John 12:48 NRSV). The teachings of Jesus Christ are the standard by which we’re to live; God will measure our lives according to the truths of Jesus.
The words of Jesus are the standard by which God will judge the world, so we should listen to, study and obey the words of Jesus. We should take the words of Jesus as the goals of our lives and the standards by which we live. If we do, then on the day of judgment, we “may have confidence and not be put to shame before him at his coming” (1 John 2:28).
Christians should take part in the worship assembly each Sunday. During the worship, Christians hear the truth of God preached, and they come to a better understanding of it. This in turn draws one closer to God and helps him rely on God and live a holy life. Let’s do our best to live according to God’s standard. Participation in the worship assembly each Sunday is a responsibility of Christians. How grateful to God we are that worship of God and commemoration of the cross of Jesus are duties that Christians enjoy! If we don’t attend worship on Sundays, how will we be able to “have confidence” when we stand before God’s throne and are judged? On the day of judgment, how embarrassed a Christian will be to look at God and say, “I didn’t worship you, I didn’t partake of the Lord’s supper in memory of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and I didn’t study your word. I did whatever I wanted to on Sundays, and didn’t take time to worship and sing hymns of praise to you. I didn’t receive the spiritual strength that I would have, if I had attended worship each Sunday, and I didn’t encourage my Christian brothers and sisters to receive such spiritual strength either. Lord, I paid no attention whatsoever to what Hebrews chapter ten said, ‘not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching’” (Hebrews 10:25). Yes, Christians have the responsibility to worship and praise God, to study God’s word, and to edify other Christians. A Christian may fail to do these things, but “the Day is approaching.” That “Day” is the end of the world, the day of judgment. On that day every Christian will be judged by God’s “standard.”
We believe that it’s fine and well for students to take tests, for factories to have quality control, and for there to be police and courts in society. We agree that medical schools should evaluate students. Why then should the God of the universe not judge the world according to the standards that he has set? If medical students must pass examinations before they’re given a medical license, why shouldn’t all people take responsibility for all their actions before they can enter heaven? This is even truer for Christians.
If Christians participate in worship services each Sunday and if they’re faithful to the Lord, then we’ll be able to look forward to hearing the Lord welcome us into heaven, and say, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; …enter into the joy of your master. …Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25:23, 24).