There are two approaches to the Christian life. One is the way of convenience and the other is the way of commitment. In our day and age most people have opted for the way of convenience. For many their “involvement” in the local church is just one more thing they have crowded into their busy schedule. What with sports, hobbies, outdoor activities, family outings and a host of other things, there are always plenty of options for the weekend. For those who have chosen the pathway of convenience, church is a great option, but it remains, nonetheless, an option.
This is evident on a number of levels. Consider that most people would rather “help” in Sunday morning Bible study than be responsible for giving leadership. Leadership means commitment and is not convenient. Less than 40% of our people give 80% of the money it takes to fund the ministries of our fellowship. Faithful giving means being committed. On any given Sunday, depending on the weather, people will opt to stay home and watch football or go to the mountains instead of coming to church. This is reflected in fluctuating attendance at churches across the country, including ours.
Those who approach church with commitment, on the other hand, have already made their choice. Other activities are fine, so long as they do not interfere with the commitment they have made to be a part of a local body of believers. For those who are committed, giving, serving, and attending are not issues up for discussion. They have already made a decision and have ordered their lives and schedules accordingly. Barring extraordinary circumstances, Sunday will find them attending, serving and giving at their local church.
Without question, in the busy world we live in, setting Sundays aside is a sacrifice. Schedules are busier than ever and finding free time is increasingly a challenge. Jesus calls us to a commitment, not to a walk of convenience. When He went to the cross it was a commitment and a sacrifice; it was not a convenience. May each of us resolve that we will live for Him even as He died for us.
by Dr. Calvin Wittman
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