I want you to think how you feel about Church.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you enjoy it?
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On a scale of 1 to 10 how much do you get out of it?
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
I would guess those two numbers are close to each other. Why is that?
I think the answer is because your evaluation of your experiences at church depends greatly on what you bring to it. For example, the impact the sermon has on you not only depends on the preacher’s presentation, but also on the listener’s attitude.
Imagine how you would feel if I was to invite a professional musician to our church to teach us all how to sing or play an instrument better. I assume that all of you would respond in different ways.
Some would be attentive and listen to everything the musician said. Some would ignore them and get easily distracted. Some would show real effort to attempt to do what the musician says to do. Others would do the bare mini-mum or wouldn’t even pick up an instrument.
Why is that?
Because some of us don’t really care that much about music, and some of us do. Some of us want to get better at making music, and some of us don’t.
Now, judge for yourselves, your attitude, and actions at church. Metaphori-cally speaking, are you acting like the person who cares about music, or the one who couldn’t care less?
Do you want to learn more about what the Bible teaches, or do you think you know all you need to know? Do you want to grow closer to others, or are you content with the relationships you already have, and not see a need to add any more? Do you want a better relationship with God, or are you afraid of how following Him would change your lifestyle?
Re-read that last paragraph and underline your answers.
No matter why you’ve come to church this morning, you have an opportunity to re-purpose your mindset so that you’ll get the most out of your time here. I know time is precious. Let’s not waste anymore. Listen up. Go beyond mere knowledge. Analyze. Synthesize. Apply. Evaluate. Put in the effort. Attitude determines results. Be thankful. God loves you!
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58)