There are plenty of habits, we as Christians need to be practicing, such as prayer, Bible reading, and study, corporate worship, singing, sharing the gospel, and helping and loving others. These spiritual disciplines and their purpose is for spiritual growth are to be done out of loving obedience.
The question is; what is the one single habit that’s the most important?
It is this one grounding habit that will make the difference for every believer, the weekly habit that is utterly essential to any healthy, life-giving, joy-producing Christian walk: corporate worship!
It is all too often neglected, or taken very lightly, in our day of cultural separation and in our tendency to being noncommittal. In fact, I do not think it is too strong to call corporate worship the single most important habit of the Christian life.
The reason to make corporate worship a habit is not to check the box on perfect attendance, and not because corporate worship alone is enough to fully power the Christian life, and not because mere attendance in worship will save your soul.
But as the single most important habit for Christians, corporate worship is where we find encouragement in all the other spiritual habits vital to the Christian life. Believers are meant to be together, to learn together, worship together, to pray for each other, and encourage each other.
We need to harness the power of habit to rescue our souls from empty excuses that keep us from spiritual riches and increasing joy. Negligence and chronic minimizing of the importance of corporate worship reveal something unhealthy and scary in our souls. Let’s resist it with a ferocious tenacity as we would anything else that would endanger our souls.”
Hebrews 10:24-25 reads; “Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
By clearly defining a bad habit that we must not develop — “neglecting to meet together” — Hebrews makes it clear what good habit we should cultivate, and feed: meeting together.
Today’s temptation to underestimate the importance of the weekly assembly is as old as the church itself. The great irony in this is the habit of meeting together with Christ’s people to worship him is utterly crucial for the Christian life but in today’s church, it is often the most neglected.
Ask yourself this one question: Is the biblical practice of this “assembly of the saints,” the practice that I neglect? If the answer is yes, then correct it, plain and simple.