I grew up in a foster care system and there were two things that was gospel in our home:
1. You had to go to school every day whether sick, rain or hurricane! I laugh sometimes on that particular childhood memory. If mama didn’t hear on the radio there was no school we were all shipped out of that house each morning to catch the bus for school.
2. Every Sunday you had to go to Sunday School and church. No excuses! And if the bus didn’t come for you then you walked to church.
Amazing and well cherished childhood memories, but our foster mother truly believed in “train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
That training stuck with me into adult hood instilling strong work ethics and the desire to always have God in my life.
As with many teens and young adults, the rhythm of going to church weekly became “boring”. As an adult, the passion to grow closer to Christ increased, but I found myself sometimes being trapped in the cycle of doing things because it was required. It was the same ole same ole, day in and day out.
As Christians we have to be careful of falling into a pattern of doing Godly things or participating in religious activities out of habit or to conform to others rather than out of passion, heartfelt love or obedience for God. God only wants our deep burning desire to be righteous and not an empty ritual.
““Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.” Matthew 6:1
God wants our desire for him to be hot and not cold.
When we come to HIM in this way then we won’t thirst anymore as HE will quench our thirst. We won’t have to search anymore as HE will be found.
Serve, praise and give him all the glory with the right attitude, heartfelt love and obedience.
Thought: Is your heart and mind in the right place when you enter the presence of God? Has your spiritual life become a habit instead of an attitude of devotion and praise? Let us be like David who said “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1
Prayer: Abba Father, you are good and your love endures forever. Renew a steadfast and obedient spirit within us that we will always earnestly seek you with an open and loving heart and mind. Amen