"As his custom was"

Luke did not record unessential details concerning the great Way-shower. Added significance is, therefore, given to his observation that, "as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day" (Luke 4:16). Regular attendance at the place where his fellow men came to worship, even though he radically differed with the Judaic ritualism of that period, this wise discerner of values realized was the right course for the individual to follow. In this, as in other matters of human conduct, Christ Jesus is our Exemplar. There are many good reasons why every God-loving man, woman, and child should follow in this, the Master's way.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, author, was once asked why he so regularly attended church. His reply was, "There is a little flower called reverence which I like to cultivate at least once in the week." The coming together of those whose common purpose is to glorify and truly worship God is blessed of the Father. It has an important place in keeping alive the flower of reverence and renewing the spiritual vitality of men. Than this no human need is greater. "Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."

Item of Interest
April 3, 1943

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