For the next several weeks, we (the 15th and Crawford Church of Christ) will be stating several Bible principles and asking the questions: Have you heard? Do you agree? Do you follow? Would you like to know more, giving everyone the opportunity to hear and believe (Romans 10:17). It is also an opportunity to learn (Acts 8:30-35). If you would like to write in, email any questions, or responses to be answered or published, feel free to do so.
Today's principle: Giving your all in worship
Have you ever became so tired you didn't feel like giving your all? Have you ever been doing something you felt didn't deserve your all? On both accounts the Lord is not happy, to say the least. Everything is to be done unto the Lord. (Col. 3:17) "And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." Now if you answered yes to these questions, and I'm sure we all did; what something were you thinking of? Was it worship?
Sometimes we have a tendency to slack off a bit or even give up. Guess what, Israel had the same problem many, many years ago. The offerings they were making to the Lord were not what they should have been. Was it because the Israelites were tired of offering them? In (Malachi 1:13) the Lord has this against them: "You also say, 'Oh, what a weariness!' 'And you sneer at it,' says the LORD of hosts. 'And you bring the stolen, the lame, and the sick; thus you bring an offering!''Should I accept this from your hand?'' says the LORD." Are we just like them?
Have we became weary in worship: our singing, praying, giving, and listening? Is it slacking or giving up? So weary that we do not even attend worship anymore? Did it start with just not feeling well one Sunday? Then next came Wednesday. "Better not get out tonight. I better rest. Don't want to get worse." Before you know it, it is worse. It's been a month and worship is not even missed. Then you say, "once a month will be just fine." That's how Israel saw it. "Let's just bring the lame and sick. Better yet, let's bring another's offering." This attitude will wind up affect your whole life.
Now, what about your family? Are you tired of being a husband or wife? Are you tired of trying to be the perfect child? Are you slacking or giving up? Are temptations overwhelming? Are you disappointed in yourself? Here are three ways to get back on track.
No. 1: Remember we have an Awesome God! "I am a great King, says the LORD of hosts, and My name is to be feared among the nations" (Malachi 1:14). He let them know He deserved better.
No. 2: Remember heaven and hell are realities. "Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart." (Galatians 6:9). Verse 8 says, "For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life." If we are not worshiping Him here on Earth, why would we want to in heaven? When we choose slacking and giving up, we choose hell.
No. 3: Fall back on number one. The King of kings does not grow weary. "Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends of the Earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." (Isa 40:28-31).
Yes, living a righteous life takes a lot of effort. If it were easy, everybody would be doing it. But that is exactly what the Lord wants. (2 Peter 3:9) "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." Look into Jesus. Nobody knows a righteous life better than Him. He showed us that it can be done! "For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls" (Hebrews 12:3). The Hebrew writer goes on to say in verses 12 and 13, "Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed."
Don't grow weary. Come join us in worship of the Lord. Bible study 10 a.m., worship 10:50 a.m. For information, write in or visit: Church of Christ, 1423 S. Crawford, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701.