On one level, what we do does not lead to salvation or even make us a better worshiper because what we do should be an outgrowth of our heart. Yet on another level, if we are not involved with our local body of believers what does that say about our walk with God?
Since our priorities are supposed to be God, others (family falls in here) and then ourselves, if we are making ourselves comfortable as our first priority that says something is wrong.
It is interesting that the Devil has been able to use our technology and culture to sap us of the time that we would have normally devoted to God in so many ways. He robs us of the daily time to build a relationship with God. He tells us we have so much to do that we don’t have time for church or prayer meeting. He attacks the foundations of the Christian life and uses the culture and society around us to mollify our nagging conscience if ever we think that we should be spending more time pursuing godliness.
Christians in American and this age have come to the reasoning that this world is a pretty good place, and that even though we may claim that we believe that there is life hereafter (and that it is forever) we’ve fallen into the “retirement savings” trap. You know what this is– this is the trap where people always find something to do with their money instead of saving up for retirement only to find a scary surprise waiting for them when they get older.
Same thing with Christians, we should be working for the night is coming. We should be laying up treasure in Heaven. Instead, we have athletic activities, entertainment, and other things that are taking the place of God– even though we have the right answers to questions.
We say we believe that the Lord will be returning and that work in the church is important– but it seems like it is only important for someone else to do. Don’t ask me to do any more than I’m doing (especially if it’s only coming to one corporate worship service). Don’t ask me to come to church on my Saturday, to use my talents for Him, to do something outside of when I have to be there anyway!
It’s time for Christians to worship God with their time– by putting Him first and putting some action behind what we say we believe.