Recently, I returned from a family vacation to Washington state. We had a wonderful time and I got to do one of my favorite things, hiking. For this Florida boy, being up in some real mountains was quite a treat. Views that go on for miles. Epic wildlife encounters. Crisp, cool air and wildflower blooms. I spent my entire time there soaking it all in and making lifelong memories.
It’s strange, but when I’m out for a hike, I just don’t seem to get tired. I’m always so excited to see what’s over the next ridgeline or relish in the aroma of the fir trees or dip my toes in an icy cold river. There’s so much motivation to see and experience new things that I can hike all day and never grow weary.
Motivation is like that. With the right motivation and circumstances, we’ll do just about anything. With that in mind, I challenge you to examine your motivation for being a follower of Christ. As a Christian, Jesus should be at the heart of our faith and religious belief, but is he really? Take church services as an example. What if we were to strip away all the comforts and superficial motivations for being there? Would you still attend?
- What if there were no tailored ministries to fit your needs?
- What if there were no children’s classes?
- What if there were no cushioned pews or air conditioning or lights?
- What if the sound system didn’t work or no fellowship meals were served?
Would we still gather in the name of Jesus?
Would He be enough?
The modern church, in its haste to gain more attendees and make religion palatable to unbelievers, has in some ways become exactly like the world. There’s an entertainment factor that has become more apparent as preachers and evangelists are encouraged to be more charismatic and elderships are pressured to continually add more programs to keep the flock happy.
I want to encourage all Christians everywhere to take a close look at the motivations for your faith. Do you need a dynamic speaker, a modern song service, and personal ministry opportunities to attend worship? Do you need a comfortable and expensive building with a cafe’ and movie theater seating in order to feel close to God? Or……is God enough?
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”