Before his tragic death in a plane crash, Keith Green created the song Asleep in the Night. Although the original context refers to someone sleeping in, missing church on Easter Sunday, this song applies to my current dilemma. Due to my grave yard work schedule, I can’t seem to get my lazy butt out of bed on Sunday morning. Subsequently, 2016 can be described as a year without church, the fewest weeks I’ve ever attended.
“Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living, Luke 15:13”
I wish I had a decent excuse, but what good would that do. Like any other sin, missing church involves a lack of discipline, choosing laziness over obedience. Instead of receiving God’s blessings of fellowship, praise and words of inspiration, I have become like the prodigal who continues to move in the wrong decision. Hopefully, I will come to my senses soon so that I can spent 2017 in the house of God.
“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you,” Luke 15:17-18.
When you miss a day praying or reading the Bible, you can’t get it back. Sure, you might try to do twice the praying or reading the next day to make yourself feel better, but the truth is something else was more important to you on the days you tuned out God. Part of me still sees the Lord from an Old Testament perspective, one of judgement and wrath. Yet, the New Testament opens the door on a loving God, desperately waiting for his children to give Him the attention He is worthy of. May you learn from the errors of my way by visiting a local church regularly and invest time at home daily with the living God of the Bible.
by Jay Mankus