Today’s Scripture: But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. JamesĀ 1:22

Friend, when you are sitting in church, what are you doing? Here are a few facts that may burst your bubble about how well you thought you were making it through church:

  • Doodling on the church bulletin does not count as taking notes.
  • Mouthing the words to the hymns does not constitute praising the Lord.
  • Day-dreaming about your favorite hit series that you DVR’d for after the service is not the same as paying attention to the message.
  • Staring a hole through the back of the person who offended you last week is far from coming with a spirit ready to worship.
  • Figuring out a way to skimp on your tithe is not the same as giving from a joyful heart as God commanded.

How often do we do all of the above and leave church thinking we are ‘holier than thou’? After all, we came and paid our respect to the Lord. We were in His house. That has to count for something doesn’t it? That perspective is all wrong. Going to church is not about fulfilling an obligation, although many people view it that way. Attending church is really about filling ourselves with God’s Holy Word and making a whole-hearted choice to bless Him with our time and our tithes.

The Lord has given you your pastor, your fellow church members, His Word, and the ability to come boldly before His throne. What you do with that is up to you. But remember, you need to be filling yourself with the right materials otherwise you will not be ready to respond to life’s ups and downs. What are you doing with all those opportunities? Make it a priority this month to try one of these, and then the next month you can add another. Take notes in church. Make a weekly prayer list, and pray through it every day. Set a daily devotional goal for yourself. Begin a Bible study with your neighbors. Whatever you do, do something!

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder