Ever since I began full-time preaching in 1982 there has been an aspect of some people’s faith that I have not been able to figure out. What I have observed has been true in all six of the congregations where I have worked as the pulpit minister. Here is my observation, which takes various forms but all have to do with one’s attendance in worshp on the first day of the week. There are some members who will attend regularly for a few months then drift away for a few months then come back for a few months with this cycle repeating indefinitely. There are some members who will attend and seek God only during times of trouble and special need in their lives. There are some members-fortunately not very many-who will attend only on Easter and Christmas. I do not understand why some members treat their worship attendance in any of these ways. A school bus driver picked up little Billy for kindergarten one day. The driver noticed an older lady hugging Billy as he left the house. That usually did not happen. When he got on the bus, the driver asked, “Hey, Billy, is that your grandmother?” Billy said, “Yes, sir. She’s come to visit with us for a few weeks.” The driver said, “That’s nice. Where does she live?” Billy said, “Out at the airport. Whenever we want her, we just go out there and get her.” Billy obviously had an improper understanding of picking up his grandmother at the airport! It seems that some folks have a similar improper understanding about their relationship wih God. It seems that they must think that they can come to worship whenever they want to come or that God is just there to be used as a kind of emergency resource in times of trouble or that they can just come a few times each year. Let’s be clear. People surely have the right to choose whether to attend worship faithfully each Sunday or not. The far more important issue is this: What does God expect and how does my worship attendance affect my relationship with Him? God expects His people to gather on the first day of each week for worship, fellowship, and to remember Jesus. See Acts 20:7, 1 Corinthians 16:2 and Hebrews 10:23-25. It is even more important for us to understand that God wants us be here because we want to be here and not because we have to be here. Romans 5:6-9 says, “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him!” When we can understand and digest this passage, it changes us. It is no longer have to but want to!