Thursday, Sara and I were driving up Fairfax. A line of people, many in camping chairs, ran down an entire block and around the corner. I didn’t see a movie marquee or an Apple logo, so I asked Sara what she made of the line. She pointed to a storefront: “It’s Supreme.” She explained Supreme is a clothing line, featuring expensive sweatshirts, jackets, and skateboards. Thursday was a “drop day,” when new merchandise becomes available for the first time. People were lined up around the block for $150 jackets.
I couldn’t help but think: Wouldn’t it be nice if we lined up that way for church? What kind of world might we be living in if we were so excited about the Word of God dropping in our midst that we set aside all other activities to wait for it? What kind of lives might we be living if we were so eager to gather together in worship and fellowship that we would camp out for a chance to get in the door first?
Why do you go to church? Is it habit or obligation? Is it because the football game doesn’t start until 1 PM? Is church a priority or the default? Do you come with joy and thanksgiving, or with a sense of dread and obligation?
I looked up what dropped at Supreme on Thursday: Their new Scarface line. Apparel and accessories glorifying Tony Montana, the homicidal drug dealer played by Al Pacino in the 1983 film. Much of the merchandise is emblazoned with a quote from the movie: “The world is yours.”
But we know this is our Father’s world. He reigns supreme. And when we line up at the Pearly Gates, God will know what was in our hearts every time we came into His house. And He will know what we wore every day, whether we chose the sign of the Cross or the gear of the world. Let us be eager to love one another, to worship the Lord, and to gather together in praise.
“Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.”