“A stranger passing through the mining district of Pennsylvania on Sunday some years ago, saw a large number of mules in a field at the entrance of one of the mines.  He asked a little boy why the field was so full of mules.  The small lad replied,  “These mules are worked in the darkness of the mines for six days of the week, and they are brought up into the light on Sunday to keep them from going blind.”

Isn’t it true that people are a little like mules?  We know some folks who are completely oblivious of the purpose of the Lord’s Day, the day of worship.  They are indifferent to the call of the church, they are neglectful of the teachings for which it stands, and they have become morally and spiritually blind.

Just as the mules of the mine need one day in seven to be brought from the darkness of their toils into God’s glorious sunlight, so we need one day in seven whereupon we might rest from the labors of life and be lifted from the trivialities of this world’s darkness into high places of companionship with God and Christ and Christian friends.  (Even God worked six days and rested on the seventh.)

It is for this purpose God gave us the day of worship.  Wise is the man who accepts God’s gift and foolish is the man who rejects it, for he is taking his stand with those who are spiritually blind.  That blindness is the curse of our needful world.  Every person ought to feel obligated to his God, his friends, his loved ones, and to himself to observe the Lord’s Day by being in the Lord’s House.”   ( I clipped this article from Cocoa Beach Christianaut (newsletter) 43 years ago and it is still very true.)

I know that going to a house of worship does not make you a Christian any more than parking your car in a garage makes you a garage.  However, wanting to associate with your family certainly makes you a part of that family.  What would the family think if you refused to meet with them, to associate with them, to share with them?  There is encouragement and strength received from each other in the gathering of the church.  The church is not the building, it is the people who worship together, love each other, in that place.

God’s Word declares, “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”   Hebrews 10:25




4 Responses to “LIKE A BLIND MULE”

  1. WOW what a beautiful Sunday of worship we have had. To start with the Lesson you taught in Bible Study at Whitfield on the Lord’s Prayer ,not the model Prayer ,but the one Jesus prayed for Himself ,then the 11 apostles, and then the beautiful prayer He prayed for us, the Future Believers. . John 17 . What an awesome thought. Then the message you preached on God’s Mystery Revealed . Then you send out this devotional on Hebrews 10:25. Now you can rest ,knowing that you have truly blessed so many . Love and prayers, Joann .

  2. I so agree with your statement: “There is encouragement and strength received from each other in the gathering of the church. The church is not the building, it is the people who worship together, love each other, in that place.”

    Blessings to you Max & Joann for continuing to serve Jesus with your lives and blessings to your dedication, Max, for teaching from His Word @ Whitfield!

    I do not know what I would do without my friends who are Christ-followers!!! I praise the Lord that I am connected with so many caring friends & families in Jacksonville, FL.

    I look forward to reading your weekly devotion…

  3. Max you are truly a God sent you hit the nail on the head every week.Unlike the Mule sometime i think i need more than one day in the sun. love you. Ken

  4. Dear Max, Thank you for the answer to my question. It’s amazing how God talks to us. Your devotionals continue to be an inspiration.

    Sincerely, Mark

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