And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. (John 3:19)
Daily Bible Reading: Numbers 4:1 – 5:31
Relate: It is early. It is cold. I am tired. I don’t want to get up and get dressed and out that door. Getting ready for church on Sunday morning is no fun. I will be the first to admit it. I am not a morning person. Waking up any day for any reason is no fun but by the time we have pulled into the parking lot things have changed. Imagine with me showing up for a Sunday service. As we’re walking through the parking lot you see a few guys smoking off to one side who smile and wave. Before entering the building someone has shaken your hand and told you they’re glad you’re here and someone else has opened up the door for you.
As you enter the building, the sight, the smell the sound all hit you together and you cannot help but smile. Even as another person has come over to shake your hand, you see the bounce house to the right full of kids jumping around. Off to the left there is a cafe area serving up free French press coffee In that same area, the DJ, Alfred “Moonboots” is doing his thing but it seems he has also made it his goal to hug everyone he meets at least twice. This place is without question the friendliest, most welcoming place you will be at any point in your week. Is this really a church?
React: The stereotype of church and Christians is that it is boring. It doesn’t matter where you go or when they hold service, prepare to be bored. Once you come to God, you have to give up anything that might have to do with fun. All the stuff that makes life worth living… it is sin.
It is really sad that this wrong idea is so pervasive. What is even worse is that even many Christians have bought into it. Living a life for Christ should be the greatest adventure anyone could embark upon. Following God is an adventure. Being a Christian is fun. If it isn’t… you’re not doing it right.
We know that there will be those who are going to hate Christianity. They are going to want nothing to do with You. God, help us to not make it any easier for them. There those who are going to say that serving You takes all the fun out of live. Help us to stop trying to prove them right through our own actions and attitudes. Help us to radiate the joy of the Lord. Help us to have fun in You.