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“After seeking advice, the king made two golden calves. He said to the people, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”” 1 Kings 12:28, NKJV
Dividing has always been a way to conquer. If an enemy can attack a divided group, then they are easier to overthrow. A wolf will scatter sheep until one or two are left unattended. Then it makes it’s move and one of them becomes lunch.
In Jeroboam’s case, he was afraid that when the people went to the house of the LORD in Jerusalem to worship, they would realize their need for unity and therefore, they would reject him as their leader and kill him. For that reason, he set up golden calves in two convenient places in Israel so the people wouldn’t have to be inconvenienced in their worship and they would stay loyal to him.
The enemy knows that church attendance can be inconvenient. Therefore, he will make it easier for you to feign religious observance in a way that is convenient and un-costly. Convenience becomes an extended absence. Religion and church attendance are still claimed, but participation can not be fit in. This is how the enemy keeps you under his control.
In the book of 2 Samuel, David said something extremely important when it comes to worshipping God — “I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” (2 Samuel 24:24, NIV2011) Worship of God should cost you something. Perhaps the sacrifice will be time and convenience. Without that sacrifice, though, the offering isn’t worth anything.
The writer of the book of Hebrews anticipated this and said — “…let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25, NIV2011)
The enemy desires to divide and conquer, but God wants us to be together, encouraging one another and building each other up in the LORD. We can only be an encouragement to each other when we are frequently with each other. Ultimately, church attendance isn’t about you as much as it is about us as a group, loving, serving and encouraging one another, that the enemy would not be able to pick us off, one lone person at a time.
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