Yesterday many of us probably spent the morning in church or attended on Saturday night. If you did not I am not trying to guilt you but if you did it is my hope you experienced a good message from the pastor and did not fall asleep. That one hour on Sunday is important. Not only is it one of the Ten Commandments which says "remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy" ( Exodus 20:8) but it is more than that. It does little good to sit in a pew for one hour and then go out and live your life with no changes. God wants you to change and grow. Giving him one hour on Sunday is great but your heart should desire a closer walk with him through reading his word and prayer. There is a saying, "going into a church will not make you into a Christian any more than going into a garage will make you into a car."
When you make your list of things 'to do' for the day is daily devotions or 'quiet time" one of them? The Lord does so much for us so we should want to give him time back. When our love for God grows our love for people will grow. It will be hard to hold a grudge or talk bad about someone if we are studying his word daily and in fellowship. Of course our enemy the devil will do all he can to distract you and keep you away from the Bible for it is in it you have power and victory. 1 Peter 5:8 says "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour."
1 Corinthians 1 :18 says "the preaching of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." Being a Christian does not have to be dull and boring. Find a vibrant church that preaches God's word and is alive. Being a Christian is not about religion but is about relationship. Maybe you will even have to change churches or break away from one you went to forever just because your family did. If it is not alive for Christ find one that is!
Has your love for God grown cold? God can help you. Do you want him to be first in your life? He is there. Just call on him. No matter what you have done God is ready to forgive and is waiting for you to come to him in prayer. Jeremiah 33:3 is also affectionately called 'God's phone number' for it says "Call to me and I will answer you and show you great and unsearchable things that you do not know."
PRAYER: Lord Jesus with so much vying for our attention today we know how important it is to stay firmly connected to you and your word. Forces are out there trying to drag us downhill and trying to get us to deny God. Or perhaps trying to get us to just do our Sunday thing but not care to grow in the knowledge of God. Father give me a hunger for you and your word that I have never known. Help me be more than just a 'Sunday Christian." In Jesus name. Amen.