Sir Michael Faraday was one of the world’s greatest scientists. He was also a deeply religious man. One night a group of distinguished men came to hear him speak. By his words and demonstrations he held them spell-bound as he spoke of the magnet. When he finished his lecture, the house rocked with enthusiastic applause. Then the crowd waited for Faraday’s reply. They looked around, but he was gone. It was assembly time for the congregation, and he had slipped away during the applause. He had gone out to enhance his relationship with God and to renew fellowship with brethren.
It’s hard to imagine, but there are many members who have never attended a Wednesday night service. The justification often given is: “Well, we spend too much time at church anyway. I attend most Sunday mornings and have even been there for a few Sunday evening meetings. That’s all the religion I need.”
Let me share some information that you might find startling. It comes form an article, “Time, Talent and Money”, published by O. D. Giles. He brings out from Leviticus 23 and 25, and also Numbers 23, specific information on the amount of time the ancient Hebrew nation spent in worship to Jehovah. Over a 50 year period they would devote 6,550 days to God. That is an average of 131 days per year. Remember these are DAYS not HOURS. Thus, 3,144 hours per year would have been to His glory.
If we, today, attend three hours each Sunday and one hour each Wednesday, that amounts to only 208 hours each year. And we live under a “better covenant with better promises” (Hebrews 8:6).
Mid-week attendance is an indication to God and man as to how much our religion means to us. It’s not that we have more religion than we NEED. We probably just have more of the world than we need.”