Archive for September, 2011

Oh the weather outside is…….

Amazingly the weather has great affect on people when it comes to church attendance, yet has little affect at any other time.  Living here in Jacksonville Florida I get to experience many beautiful days, along with those “dog days of summer”.  Sunday seems to be the only day however that people really pay attention to the forecast and really adhere to it according to their favorite weather man.

On those beautiful days with the sun shining bright and no clouds in the sky, people flock to the beach to “catch some rays” and enjoy the ocean.  On those days when the clouds roll in (or even threaten to roll in) we shiver and shake with the thought of possibly getting wet and maybe, just maybe catching a cold.  So we curl back up in bed to stay nice and safe and warm.  Now remember, this is only on a Sunday.  Work days we will trudge out in any type of weather as long as we are attempting to make some money.  As a matter of fact we probably do not even watch our favorite weather man from Sunday evening – Thursday evening.  Not only will we go outside and do things because of work, but also because of entertainment events.  Let me state right here that I am not against entertainment events, I love being able to enjoy them, when it is appropriate for me to.  But Pastor Greg, I have to pay my bills, so I cannot allow the weather to stand in my way.  But Pastor Greg, Sunday is just a part of my weekend off, doesn’t God want me to enjoy it?

First, yes God expects us to pay our debts.  However, He does not expect us to put ourselves in positions to where we now work ourselves out of placing Him first in our lives.  “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Ex 20:3).  Maybe this is a good time to examine our spending habits and separate our wants versus our needs.  There is a bigger payday coming someday.

Second, yes God wants us to enjoy life while here on this earth, but not at the expense of losing our fellowship with Him and with other believers.  God expects us to rest on His day and be fed the spiritual food to help maintain a healthy spiritual body. “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Heb 10:25)

Let’s not let the weather affect our service to God.  It doesn’t affect us any other day of the week.  Let me encourage you to be in God’s House on His day and worship and thank the Creator of the weather that is outside.  He alone is worthy of that worship.

Oh the weather outside…….Belongs to God!  He speaks and it obeys.  Are you just as obedient as the weather?