Back in the 70’s, Memorex launched a series of commercials where Ella Fitzgerald would sing a note that would shatter a glass while recording that same note on a Memorex tape.
They would then play the tape back and it would likewise shatter the glass, and then they asked, “Is it live, or is it Memorex.”
When Jeroboam took over as King of the 10 northern tribes of Israel after the death of King Solomon, he realized that if something wasn’t done soon about how and where the people worship of God, then their hearts would be drawn back to the Temple and his nemesis, King Rehoboam of the southern tribes of Benjamin and Judah.
To prevent this from happening, Jeroboam instituted a new form of worship setting up alters of worship on both the northern and southern boarders making it more convenient for them to worship saying, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, O Israel, which brought you up from the land of Egypt.” (1 Kings 12:28)
This brings up a very interesting question. “Is our obedience to God more out of our love and devotion to Him, or is it more out of convenience?”
We live in a world that is all about making life as convenient as possible. HGTV gives away every year a “smart house.” It’s where just about everything in the house can be controlled by a person’s iPhone or iPad.
Personally, I’m waiting for the apps that will cook my meals and do my work.
But it’s all about convenience. Now, I’m not against convenience, I like a TV remote, but the problem is that this cult of convenience is creeping into our spiritual lives, especially when it comes to church.
- Is the church convenient to get too?
- Are the services at a convenient time?
- Do they have what I need to make my experience more enjoyable?
- Or can I skip going to church and just watch it on my TV or computer screen.
The way Christians look at and live their lives makes me wonder if Jesus left something out when He said, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23)
Shouldn’t Jesus also have added, “When it’s convenient to do so!”
Today to we follow and is our worship of God conducted more out of convenience, or is it conducted more out of our love and devotion to and for Jesus Christ?
Dennis Lee is the senior pastor of Living Waters Fellowship located at 211 West 1st South, behind ACE Hardware.
Sunday morning service begins at 10 a.m. either in-person or on-line. All services and teachings, including Sunday 6 p.m. service, are available on our YouTube Channel, “Mesquite NV Living Waters Fellowship.”
This Sunday Morning, we’ll be looking at the book of Zephaniah and its central theme of the “Tough and Tender Love of God.”
To find more about Living Waters Fellowship visit, “mesquitelivingwaters.com”