If there’s one spiritual felony for which I would be constantly convicted, it would be for being a lukewarm Christian for most of the week and becoming a relatively passionate believer during the weekend.
This is a problem because it shows that I am a believer who lives on the ‘mountaintop.’ The term ‘mountaintop’ includes places and events such as retreats, church services, worship services, and other irregular spiritual ‘highs.’ I am not consistent in my walk with God. If I did walk with Him daily, weekend church events will serve to enhance my worship of and relationship with Him. I will not rely on them to launch me into a close relationship with God and hope it fuels my passion for the rest of the week.
One weekend of encountering God is NOT even close to adequate fuel for a week. God has so often emphasized the importance of daily meditating on His Word. Worship services and sermons are essentially drawing close to God’s heart with other believers. It can be replicated at home; devotionals include reading and meditating on the Word, an act of worship and reflection.
Psalm 1 provides an excellent reflection of a person grounded in God’s Word not only during the weekend, but every day and night throughout the week.
“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so,
But they are like chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the wicked will perish.” (NASB)
What would it look like if I avoid being lukewarm and walk daily in the light of the Lord? I know this is a cliche question, but it’s important that I reflect upon it every day in everything I do.
Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
– 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NASB)
If God is so good, why only experience Him during the weekend? Why not strive for every day?