This a familiar question. It can pose a lot of different scenarios. A person or a congregation will often ask this question in many forms before making a decision on any matter.
Let's consider this question as it relates to us. As we take a deeper look one may ask a thousand different questions. We will begin by looking at how this question can affect us individually.
The same as you…
What if someone in the church lived just as you did? What if God was just as important to them as He is with you? How important is God to you? Well, many would say He is very important, but, is that really true?
Importance defined by some…
Some would have you believe that God is important to them because they attend services, “as often as they can”. They come to Sunday morning worship service. They bow their heads during prayers. They partake of the Lord’s Supper. They put something in the contribution plate. They softly sing along with the congregation. They sit still during the lesson. Does this mean God is important to them?
God is important to some because they read their Bible. Some read God’s word once a week, others every day, but does this mean God is important to them?
Still, others define God’s importance to them by how long they have been a “member”. Just how does the Bible define a “member” of the Lord’s church? Someone who has been baptized into Christ (Galatian 3:26-27); someone who attends regularly (Hebrews 10:25); someone who is a “student” of God’s Word (2 Timothy 2:15); Someone who shuns sin and strives for Godliness (Romans 6:6)? These basic requirements seem simple enough. However, those who often use their membership as proof of God’s importance in their lives, often do not meet these basic requirements that God’s Word has set forth.
So the question remains for us to consider. What if someone made God just as important in their lives as He is in yours? On which path, then would your example place them?
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14 NKJV)
By Russ Earl