A statement made that grieved my spirit and boggled my psyche was this: “I don’t smoke or drink on Sundays because that’s the Lords’ Day.” Wow. This statement sent my mind into a whirlwind. What the individual was actually saying is, he didn’t think smoking and drinking is right, so he doesn’t partake of these substances on Sunday because Sunday is a day that is holy to the Lord.
Several questions coursed through my mind as I thought on the statement. How many other people feel and think the way this individual does? If Sunday is the only day that belongs to God though He created all seven of the days, who does the other six belong to? Why is it alright to do wrong six days of the week and sustain from particular wrong doings if they are wrong, on Sunday? By doing this does it make us not accountable for the six days of wrongdoing? Wow….man always thinks he has a way around the statutes, commands and expectations of God of his people. The bible declares, Proverb 16:25 “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof is the ways of death” KJV The New Living Translation says of the same verse: “There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.”
I’m reminded of something Jesus said in Matthew 7. Verse 21 quotes Jesus as saying “Not everyone that saith unto me Lord, Lord shall enter into the Kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22. 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? 23. And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Some people actually feel that all week they can lie, steal, cheat, hate, adulterate, fornicate, envy, murder, revel, commit idolatry, backbite, sow discord and do a whole slew of other things that God has asked us not to do but as long as they go to church on Sunday, they are alright with God.
“Well….I told God on Sunday that I was sorry and repented!”
Okay but you’re right back at the mess Monday-Saturday. Repentance means to have a change of heart and a change of mind. Repentance means to turn away from. When Jesus says, “Go and sin no more” He is simply saying turn away from this, that and the other, let go of it and don’t do it anymore!
Suggestive reading is Galatians 5:16-25.
How many days of the week is your God?