Growing up I was in "that family." You know the one. The one by which you measure yourself. My family was the "late family." If you pulled into the church parking lot and saw the brown "78 Toyota Celica or silver Cavalier station wagon, you knew you were late.
I think now about all the things our family missed out on by being late. There are many blessings to being on time for worship services and Bible study.
Being on time gives time for fellowship. Spending time conversing and building up other Christians is a blessing (Hebrews 10:24).
Being on time gives one time to prepare for worship. When we are late, we feel rushed. By getting to worship on time, there is time to relax and focus on studying God"s Word.
Being on time is an encouragement to Bible teachers. They have spent a great deal of time preparation. When a child comes in late, teachers often restart the lesson. Precious time is lost. It is an interruption and distraction to the adult class, too.
It sets a good example. We are on time for things that are important to us. Let's show our children and our church family that worship and Bible study are important.
Let us always try to be on time for worship and Bible study. --- Craig Evans
"Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgment" (Ecclesiastes 8:5).