Every Wind that Blows

Robert McClain, a long-time employee of Concord Rd., a gospel preacher, and an upholsterer, recently told me about one of his customers who is a Titans fan.
She had come to see about her furniture and was talking to him about going to the Titans game one Sunday.
She said she wore her shorts for Bible class, so she wouldn’t have to change for the game. The lady didn’t stay for worship, because it would make her late to the game.
I am amazed at fans who will go to the game hours early. They go to the parking lot at 6 am to get a good tail-gate spot, while some of my brethren can hardly make it to church by 9 am.
Some people seem to think that worshipping the Lord is what you do when you don’t have anything else to do. They let every wind that blows come first.
What if Jesus had done that? What if he had been too busy with social functions to preach? What if he had too many irons in the fire to heal the sick? What if he had more important things to do than to waste his time dying upon a cross?
Worship is not an option for those whose hearts are fully set upon serving God. Merely taking the Lord’s Supper to do your duty is not in the thinking of spiritual people.
We must not let the thorny soil of this world grow up in our lives and crowd out the Word (Luke 8:14). The garden of our souls needs good soil for the Word of God. We must not let the worries and pleasures and riches of this life leave no room for the more important things.
Martha was a very good woman, but she lacked in her life the most important thing, intimacy with the Lord in a worship setting (Luke 10:38-42).
Would it not be better that we sat at the feet of Jesus and listened to him speak?
Love demands that we put him first in everything (Matthew 6:33; Colossians 1:15-18).
The winds blow in all our lives. There will always be something to do. Family and children will always keep our lives busy, but we cannot neglect the spiritual.
We have but one Lord and Savior. Let’s devote ourselves to him first, last, and always. Let’s live with love in our hearts and pay attention to the only thing that matters.

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