“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” (Phil. 2:13)
What do you suppose Moses did on his days off, how about David or Elijah? How much time do you suppose that the Lord Jesus and the disciples spent talking about the local economy or currents events surrounding food supplies? Were any of these individuals holy on Tuesday, or only on the Sabbath?
There is a great tendency today for those who claim Jesus Christ as Lord to view their lives as separate from Him on certain days and closer on one particular day, or at least for an hour or so on that particular morning. As I watch them come out of their churches at the scheduled time on Sunday morning and when I happen to be close enough to catch some of their words, I do not hear the name of Jesus being lifted up, I do not hear God glorified or them recounting what the morning’s sermon was about, I hear about the weather, current events and how their lives are revolving around the world and themselves.
Many church doors are made of two materials, when they walk in, they are covered in a form of piety, when they walk out all that is erased. Inside they are Christians, outside, not so much.
There is a sense of callousness here, their salvation, if indeed it does exist, is taken for granted, it was an action performed by them, words spoken in the proper framing and context, a solemn moment in the baptismal pool, and then back into the world. The required obligation has been performed, and Sunday morning attendance is the proof of that deed, the obligations are once again completed, they are on their way to heaven.
Many people who say they are saved, who attend church, do not even attempt to live a holy, sanctified life, there is no need to, they believe they have become a part of the flock, and that because of their deeds, they are accepted. My friends these people do not even honor Him with their lips, much less live a crucified life in humble service to the Most High. “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?” (Matt. 7:22)
When I see them come out of these supposed holy places of worship and hear their worldly words, I confess my anger at times over takes my sorrow, for these are those that say they serve the Most High God, and the community of people they live in that do not give a second thought to Sunday morning being any different than any other day, who give not one thought to God, much less to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ see these individuals as “Christians,” and when their day-to-day life does not represent the Lord, when they are only Christians inside that building with a cross in it somewhere, they defame the name of God Almighty and earn the name of hypocrite for themselves.
If you are truly crucified with Christ, you do not get any more days off, there is no time off or vacations for the slaves of Jesus Christ, it is a full-time position with no breaks from the labor. “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” (1 John 2:19)
If you still attend a church, I would ask you to perform this little test, after the service is over, and each time you meet someone from the church you attend on the street during the week, initiate a conversation with them about the Lord, about something from the Scriptures, and stay on the topic in context. See if they respond in kind, or if they try to change the subject to some worldly event, or any other subject.
It will not take long for you to be able to discern whether you are speaking to a brother or sister in Christ, or someone who believes that Sunday morning is set aside for the Lord, and the rest of the week belongs to them.