All or Nothing –

“Good morning! Welcome to church! What in the world are you doing here?”

“Uhhh…”

Don’t worry. If you waltzed into our church on a Sunday morning, this isn’t what you would hear. But then again, what if you did? What if we truly began to question what motivated you to drag yourself out of bed after a long week and spend your morning listening to someone talk? Of course, the music is nice here, the people are sweet and if you actually listen to the preacher, he knows what he’s talking about. But seriously, every week?

Now before you think I’ve lost my mind, let me explain. You see, I’ve been asking myself some questions about church lately. As a child who’s been reared to make my way to the sanctuary every Sunday (Wednesdays too), church is just something I’ve always known. Week after week we all file in; we talk, sing, listen, and then we all file out and make our way home. Perhaps we even mentally cross it off in the check list of our minds as “accomplished.”

How silly we are to imagine that the Lord is content when He observes our weekly attendance. Please don’t misunderstand me. A good, solid, bible-believing church is crucial to your Christian walk, but it can’t stop there.

Everything –
You see, our God is not a God that demands one day of our week; He is a God that demands our whole lives. Sunday morning is important, but so is the rest of your week!

If you want to believe that the Lord is content with a few hours of your Sunday morning, then you don’t understand the God who has saved you. You wouldn’t marry the love of your life and only come to their house once a week. And yet, what has any person on this earth done to compare with what our Savior accomplished on the cross? If He gave His life for you, won’t you at least live yours for Him?

Now I’m not telling you that you have to be in the church every time the doors are open. I’m telling you that everything you do, every word you say, and every breath you breath should be done with the knowledge that your primary purpose is to glorify the God who has saved you from your sin and brought you into eternal life through the death of His beloved Son.

Because, you see, when it comes to giving your life to the Lord, it’s all or nothing.

With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! -Psalms 119:10

3 comments

  1. I have often thought of it this way; What if heaven was proportioned to our service to God here on earth? If we only gave Him our attention for an hour or two a week on Sundays, what if He only gave us heaven in that proportion? Would we be satisfied with spending eternity in hell if we got to get out for that hour or two a week to go to heaven and then had to return? God is an all or nothing kind of God the promise of eternal joy is not based on our performance and yet the reality of our salvation is demonstrated by the lives we live. An hour a week does not give us much hope that our worship is the response to His amazing grace, rather it sounds more like we are trying to earn His favor by performing a ritual.

    • That’s a very interesting way to put it. Praise the Lord, He doesn’t work that way. When you think of it like that, however, it forces you to realize that God owes us nothing based on our performance, since that performance isn’t even half of what He deserves from us.
      Thanks for the comment! 🙂

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