Romans 3:23 tells us that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. None of us are worthy of any glory. But I almost wonder if you might believe you can work your way into God’s favor?
I’m sure you are familiar with the scripture Eph. 2:8,9, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” Knowing we have been saved by Jesus’s sacrifice, should we then live by our works? Gal. 3:3, “How foolish can you be? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?”(NLT) We can’t gain merit by our works.
We have worth because God says we have worth! We were created in His image; Jesus died for us; God loves us. Let no one, not even yourself, separate you from the love of God by a false idea. We will NOT lose our relationship with God if we do not attend a service or if we politely refuse a service.
Your first priority is to have a close walk with God. Your Christian growth depends on your prayer life, your Bible studies, and your obedience to His will. When we make time to be with God, our hearts will be full of joy and peace. Then, the way we serve God becomes an outgrowth of our relationship with God. It is when our relationship with our Father is healthy and strong that our services become delights.
But what if we are losing peace, feeling pressured, and feeling frustrated? Then something is wrong. Because you sound so busy, it may be that you are neglecting quiet times with God. Service which supplants devotion and study doesn’t work. Others will sense our pressured feelings and our unspoken message may seem to be, “A Christian has a stressful life full of work…” We don’t want that… But when we are close to God, our services will reflect our peace. Our unspoken message will become, “A Christian is full of thanksgiving and peace. Don’t you want to have my happiness?”
Your relationship with God comes first; your works will grow as you experience God’s wise love in your life.