Deuteronomy 12 “Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you. 13 You have six days each week for your ordinary work, 14 but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. There are plenty of people out there who sit the bench (pew) for one hour a week then go on about life as usual believing that they are going to be OK in God's eyes because they went to church to listen to the preacher. Look, I don't see anything in there that says sitting through a sermon is going to get you out of hell.
There was a pretty popular quote going around facebook several months ago. It said "Sitting in church doesn't make you a Christian anymore than sitting in a garage makes you a car" It actually upset met he first time I read it, because it was posted by someone who I had been inviting to church. Someone who claimed Christianity but didn't go to church, had no evidence of fruit in their life, and was perfectly happy living in sin and claiming that everyone went to heaven.
Dude, if anyone needed some Biblical instruction....... It upset me because she was saying that I wasn't any better off than her just because I went to church, and she was right. That said if you aren't going to a Bible preaching church you are depriving yourself of corporate worship, Christian fellowship, discipleship, accountability, guidance..... I really could go on but it isn't about just walking into the doors of a church on Sunday mornings. It is about believing that there is one God that sent His son, Jesus, to die for you, acknowledging and confessing our sin and turning away from it, surrendering your life and will to follow God.
I do not believe that there will be any part time followers in heaven, that is my opinion. I believe that God is an all or nothing God. If you can't give Him your all, He will give you nothing.
So back to my original point if you can start out keeping one day a week set apart for God, do nothing but focus on Him, worship Him and live for Him, I think you will be pleasantly surprised how quickly one day turns into 7. So, challenge for today, let's set apart everyday this week and keep it holy for God.
Like I said, all or nothing.
Angie Smith is a homeschooling WAHM of 5 kids. She gave her life to Christ in OCT 2008 and has been active in ministry since, serving as Worship leader, secretary, teacher and occasional floor mopper at her church. She loves Jesus and is inspired to share her stories of believing, worshiping and leading. Visit Angie on the web at http://thoughts4theroad.com