“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”
One of the things I enjoy most about the Christian life is it’s simplicity! People tend to make it complicated and difficult, but overall the Christian life is pretty simple. The Bible is very clear about what God wants us to do in our day to day lives. There is no doubt that God wants all of His children to read their Bible, go to church, go soul-winning, tithe regularly, and have a good prayer life. These are the basics of being a Christian! So, why is it that most Christians don’t do many of these things?
I believe most Christians fail to do these things for their own reasons and then say something along the lines of, “Sorry, I couldn’t make it to church Sunday… I had family in for Christmas! But God knows my heart was there, He understands!” It’s a fairly common saying… but does God really understand? Is He ok with you missing church because you had family in? Put simply, no!
What many Christians fail to see is that these things that God wants us to do are commands! Is it ok to miss church from time to time if you have a “good reason”? No, it’s not!
“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.” (Hebrews 10:25)
The Bible says that you aren’t supposed to forsake the assembly of yourselves together (aka don’t miss church)! It doesn’t say “unless you have a good reason” or “unless you have a good paying job that doesn’t allow you to go to church on Wednesdays.” It’s nice and simple… Don’t forsake the assembly of yourselves together!
What about giving your tithe? Tithing is simply giving back 10% of the income that God has given to you to help His church operate. Every church has members that don’t tithe. They either “don’t feel burdened to tithe” or “don’t have have enough money to tithe.” Is it ok to not tithe if you “can’t afford it”?
“Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.” (Malachi 3:8-9)
According to the Bible, no it’s not ok! You don’t have to feel burdened about tithing… it’s a command! Tithing is the first 10% of your income, so if you are paying all your bills and then realizing you don’t have enough money for tithe, you are doing it wrong! You need to tithe and then pay all your bills. There are people who will pay for their internet, cable tv, cell phone, and all these other luxuries and then “not have enough for tithe”. It’s a command. Don’t look at it as how much money you have to give to God, but how much of God’s money you are keeping for yourself.
I want to encourage everyone to read to Bible for what it is! When God tells you to go soul-winning, don’t try and find a loophole out of it. Don’t say, “Well, I know that’s what the Bible says, but my situation is special.” The Christian life is simple! God wants what is best for you and He uses to Bible to help us know what to do with our lives.
I encourage you to start living the Christian life properly! If you don’t normally tithe… start! If you don’t go soul-winning… go! If you don’t pray to God regularly… pray! If you miss church for whatever reason… stop missing! Let’s get serious about the things of God!