By Gene H. Miller, Minister|
Steer Creek Church of Christ
3466 Rosedale Road,
Stumptown WV 25267
Steer Creek Church of Christ
When Good Men Do Nothing #7
Our Problem. Since actions proceed from the heart (Proverbs 23:7; Matthew 15:19-20), as a nation, we have allowed certain attitudes to develop through the years that have created many of the problems we face today. We have a heart problem. We need “an attitude adjustment”. In addition to those who seem bent on obtaining Wealth without Work, Pleasure without Conscience, Knowledge without Character, Commerce without Morality, and Science without Humanity, there are those who practice…
Worship Without Sacrifice. We are living in a time when many are unwilling to sacrifice their time and energy, much less their financial blessings, in worship of the Lord. Time was when gospel meetings would last two weeks or more, and a sermon would continue for an hour or more, and folks would travel for miles on foot or horseback, in all kinds of weather, to attend such services. We’ve tried to make worship more convenient by cutting our meetings down to three or four days, and our sermons to fifteen to twenty minutes. Even so, there are those who listen to some preacher on TV on Sunday morning, rather than get out of bed, get dressed, and drive fifteen or twenty minutes in an air conditioned automobile to worship with the saints. Worship without Sacrifice.
Many are too busy with pleasure to assemble with the saints for worship. They can listen to a sermon on their car radio while on their way to the lake or the golf course, and imagine they have worshiped God acceptably. Some churches are offering drive-in services to such pleasure seekers. You don’t even have to get out of the car. You can even take communion. Worship without Sacrifice. Even in the world of business, of athletics, or of entertainment, those who do not sacrifice will not go far.
An Attitude Adjustment. Even under the Law of Moses, David was unwilling to worship without sacrifice. When he was offered everything he would need to offer sacrifice to the Lord, he refused, saying: “Neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the Lord my God of that which doth cost me nothing.” 2 Samuel 24:24.
Jesus said that following Him would involve sacrifice. “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” Matthew 16:24. To deny self and take up a cross means some sacrifice and suffering. Paul goes so far as to say: “that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1.
Christians are admonished to love one another and encourage one another, and we cannot do that by deliberately refusing to assemble with the saints. “Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25.