Thursday, 6 September 2018
The Lack of Commitment Error
Our Saviour said in Matthew 22:37 (KJV) what the greatest commandment is. "Jesus said unto him, (the lawyer) Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.".
But for many churchgoers, Sunday service is the only time out of their week which they devote to the Lord. These folks have the same attitude as synagogue attendees in the first century. Jesus described them well in Mark 7:6 (KJV). "He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me."
Some folks might say this is only a New Testament problem. But look at what Joshua 22:5 (KJV) instructs God's people to do. "But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul."
Of course zeal for zeal's sake is foolish. Look at what Paul said of Israel in Romans 10:2 (KJV). "For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge."
God actually hates loveless worship. Amos 5:21 (BBE) shows his contempt for those going through the motions of worship. "I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies."
We should have the fervent adoration for Christ as the early church had. Acts 2:46 (KJV) says, "And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,"
It isn't practical in this day to do like they did but we can have that attitude of joy always with us. We serve an awesome Lord and his commands must permeate our daily lives.
I'll be writing about the true sign of born-again believers in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Many churchgoers have never yielded their lives to King Jesus. What a horrifying shock they'll receive when their filthy-rag works won't be accepted by the sovereign Lord.
On Saturday, I'll post about a song which expresses love for one's homeland. Though Christ gave us the great commission, we still feel a fondness for where we once called home.