Last night my husband’s uncle was mentioning how his church changed their Sunday service times to just one service at 10:00am. There is nothing he can do about it, except attend another church for services on Christmas – and he is. I’m not writing this to aim at his church or any other particular church. I’m not mad at the many that do it, but sad. When we drove to our church this Christmas morning we passed at least 4 churches and only one of them was having a service on Christmas day. In this case it doesn’t matter to me what denomination they are. No church should alter their Sunday worship schedule to celebrate Christmas. Guess there still isn’t room for Jesus. There does seem to be plenty of room for Santa’s day.
I have to write this. I’m saddened and a bit upset, but I’ve bitten my proverbial tongue long enough. These words are my own – and a few of my husband’s. If it makes you mad one click of the mouse will take you to a different page. My prayer is that it will make you think.
Picture yourself standing before the Lord as He asks, “I gave my life for thee. What hast thou given for me?” Could you reply, “Lord, I gave you every Sunday except your birthday. I was too busy celebrating the holiday to spend time at your house on your birthday.”
Is it easy to always attend church at the same times every week – no matter what day of the year it is? No. Do I wish I could stay home? Sometimes. Did the devil give me a good excuse not to go on Christmas? Yes. My children are fighting a flu virus and my 5 yr old – and I – were up through the night. She laid on a couch in the parsonage while we attended church.
Was it easy for Jesus to die on Calvary? No. Did He wish He didn’t have to go through it? Sometimes. Did the Devil give Christ a good excuse not to go? The Devil surely tried to tempt Him.
What earthly reasons could I possibly give the Lord that would be important enough to change my Sunday worship – especially on His birthday?
We better change the acronym for JOY while we’re at it.
J - Jesus first
O – Others second
Y – You last – except for Christ’s birthday. Reverse order on that special day.
We must keep eternity in view at all times. If we look through the filter of Heaven as we make plans here below we will be much better off; and more pleasing to the Lord. Maybe church isn’t convenient or easy for us on December 25 – or January 1. What does one inconvenient day matter through the filter of an eternity in Heaven and the love of the One who gave us that eternity?