The Bottom Line by Jimmy Tucker
To believers, God is more than a Sunday. He’s more than someplace to go once a week. “For in Him we live and move and exist” (Acts 17:28 NLT). That means He is everything. As long as we’re alive, He’ll be everything to us. E v e r y t h i n g.
God knows everything about us. “O Lord, You have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me. You place Your hand of blessing on my head” (Psalm 139:1-5 NLT).
God is more than just someone to date on Sunday. Like marriage, He invites us to a lifetime commitment with Him as one. Before a bride and groom exchange wedding vows, they have to fall in love first. Likewise, we have to fall in love and make a covenant with God before we can become one with Him.
Almighty God created us. We’re God’s masterpiece, an original unique design, and we owe our very lives to Him. “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank You for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous — how well I know it” (Psalm 139:13,14 NLT). His awesome creativity makes Him more than just a day in the week.
God tenderly cares for us. I Peter 5:7 AMP clearly states, “Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” God is plainly telling us not to worry about anything. A n y t h i n g.
Have you ever gone out to eat with a friend, thinking you were going “Dutch treat” and then have your buddy pay for your meal? At the end of dinner when the waitress drops off the tickets, you hear something like this from your friend as he grabs your ticket: “Hey, I‘ve got this — don‘t worry about it. I just want to bless you.” That’s exactly what God is saying to us in I Peter 5:7. But, when we’re stubborn, proud, independent, and refuse to relinquish our worries, we’re cheating ourselves out of peace of mind and a blessing. It takes more than a once-a-week appointment with God to please Him and grow in faith. We should want to enjoy ALL the benefits of a relationship with our awesome problem-solving God.
This is certainly not a complete listing of why God is more than just a Sunday…but it’s a start. Maybe it’ll give us something to think about next time we head off to church.
The Bottom Line: Some people want Jesus as their Savior from hell, but not as their Lord and Master on earth. If you believe just going to church on Sunday is enough, think again.
Pastor Jimmy Tucker
Diamond Community Church