The definition for “convenient” is: Fitting in well with a person’s needs, activities, and plans; or involving little trouble or effort. Let’s face it, many things in life are done out of convenience. We go to the grocery store, when convenient (most times), we plan activities when it is convenient. We try our best as people to do things when they are convenient to avoid always having to reschedule our life. When a person asks us if we can do something for them, we normally say something like, “Let me check my schedule”, or “I will have to get back to you.” We then, go and check our sch, make sure that what was asked from us, fits our “free-time” or a time when it is “convenient” to do so.
In challenging our thoughts and motives, the question must be raised, do we “do” Christianity out of convenience? Yes, I will go to worship, because I have nothing better to do on Sunday’s, I am usually well rested because of Saturday, and worship is a place I can go and be with nice people. Sure, why not go. Same with Bible Class, yeah, it is not too far from my house, there is no sport’s game on, yeah I think I will go.
If any of these seem to be your reason, to go to worship or bible class, maybe we should recheck our motives. Jesus does not just ask for our love, He demands it from us, if we are to call ourselves His faithful servants.
Christianity though, is more than just bible class or worship with the saints. It is something that needs to consume our every breath and thought. Christianity is a life style, not an activity one chooses to participate in. Are you a Christian because it is convenient?. Hey I now have a Lord and Savior, all I have to do is be an okay person, show up to “church” and I can live the rest of my life the way I want. Jesus wants more than our “convenient time”, He wants our all. One cannot be a friend of the world and a friend of God (James 4:4). You cannot live your life the way you want and then at the convenient moment, “play” Christian.
We are called to be holy and blameless in the sight of God, in ALL our behavior, says 1 Peter 1:15. This love that surpasses convenience comes from the heart. It comes from an appreciation for what God and Jesus Christ has done for us. It comes from an internal understanding that when we became a Christian we received the Spirit of God and we are no longer to walk as we once did (Ephesians 4:22). Verse 23 and 24, tells us to renew our minds and put on the new self, this does not sound like a person who conveniently serves God. This man Paul is talking about is a person who no matter what their schedule looks like, no matter how inconvenient it is to behave holy, no matter how hard it may seem to love Christ, does it anyway.
Have you joined the Lord’s church because of its convenience and what you can get out of it? Or have you joined the Lord’s church because you understand what Christ has done for you and realize, there is no other way. Your love for Jesus overpowers you and drives you to serve Him and to follow His commands, not the convenient commands but ALL of them!!