"And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship" (Acts 2:42a).

For several months I had noticed my teenage son's reluctance to go to church. Thinking we would leave him behind, he was always the last one to wake up on Sunday morning and painstakingly took his time getting ready. After he had caused the entire family to be late for church several Sundays in a row, I knew I needed to speak with him about his actions. The next day during our homeschool devotions, we discussed the topic of worship, and my son blurted out, "I don't need to go to church to worship God. I can worship Him at home just as well as at church!"

"Yes, that's true," I responded. "We can worship God anywhere at any time, but the Bible tells us to worship together as a group of believers to encourage each other."

"Well, I just don't get anything out of it anymore," he replied roughly.

After further discussion, his real reluctance in attending church was revealed. After a long week of homeschooling and work, he simply didn't want to get up early on Sunday morning, too.

If left to ourselves, most of us would sleep in or play instead of remembering to keep the Sabbath Day holy (Exodus 20:8). Unfortunately, the world does exactly that and sees Sunday as a day of relaxation rather than a day set apart to worship God. People go to the beach, the park, or the mountains to "get away from it all" and completely forget about worshipping or serving God.

What about your homeschooling family? Are you disciplined in church attendance? Not only do you have opportunities to encourage and be encouraged by other believers, you also hear the Word preached and worship God as you sing and give gifts corporately. Yes, you could worship the Lord just as easily at home, but is that really where He wants you to be on Sunday morning? "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching" (Hebrews 10:24-25).

Lord, thank You for giving me a separate day each week just to worship You. Help me to faithfully be in Your house on Sunday and convict me to set a good example for my children. In the name of Jesus, Amen.