Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Where Would You Rather Be?

When we are sitting in Church on Sunday and would rather be at the beach, do we resent God for making us skip spending time on the beach? When we are sitting in Church on Sunday, do we resent putting money in the tray because we have so many other things we want to spend your hard-earned money on? Would we rather be enjoying a football game or going to the races with friends rather than being in Church on a Sunday? When we are sitting on the beach on Sunday do we feel like we missed being in Church? When we are spending $299 for the new IPhone, do we feel like yoweu don’t have enough money to put in the tray on Sunday? When we are at the game with friends on a Sunday, do we wonder who we missed seeing in Church? We make choices every day as human beings. Some choices are as simple as “paper or plastic” at the grocery store while others seem to be more complicated like, “Are we going to Church tomorrow?”

Our Lord says, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6.24) How we answer the above questions might be an indication of a conflict between masters. If we resent being in Church because we would rather be at the beach or out making some more “hard-earned money”, we have a conflict. Of course I am not suggesting that we should never take a vacation since even Jesus went on a retreat to spend time away. I am suggesting however that if we ever would rather be somewhere else on Sunday instead of in Church then we must open our eyes to the Light of Christ and get a clearer picture of what is important in life. Wanting a vacation on the beach or the new IPhone is not sinful, but if we “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours [ours] as well.” (Matthew 6.33)

Think about it…..where would you rather be today?

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