Let us go to His dwelling place, let us worship at His footstool. Psalm 132:7
The weekend is here, and people are making their plans.
For some, going to church is on the schedule. Of course, just going to church isn't always the answer. Take for example, Jesse James.
He killed a man in a bank robbery and shortly thereafter was baptized at Kearney Baptist Church. Then Jesse James killed another man, a bank cashier, and joined the church choir. He even taught hymn-singing. Jesse James liked church, but he couldn't always go.
On two Sundays, he robbed trains.
There are a lot of people who are like Jesse James. They go to church around Christmas time or Easter, but they really don't let a little thing like faithful worship influence their lives the other days of the year.
For them, church is one thing; living is something else. I'm glad God doesn't work that way.
The Lord doesn't say, "Well, I think I'll give My blessings on certain days and then do what I want the rest of the time." No, God keeps His blessings and His love coming. Because of the sacrifice of His Son and the glorious victory Jesus has given to all who believe on Him, we are given both a Savior and an ongoing and faithful Friend.
Day after day, year after year -- maybe that's why He's God, and so many of us are serious sinners, like Jesse James.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Father, help us put You first. Let us see Your Son, the sacrifice He has made for us and then be granted the ability to respond faithfully. These things we ask in the Name of Jesus our Savior and constant, heaven-sent Companion. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries