So much of our lives is spent with us focusing on the physical, tangible things. Often we forget or minimize the spiritual things. Oswald Chambers wrote: “Prayer is not a normal part of the life of the natural man. We hear it said that a person’s life will suffer if he doesn’t pray, but I question that. What will suffer is the life of the Son of God in him, which is nourished not by food, but by prayer.” A person who isn’t being fed by Word and Sacrament might look no different on the outside, but inside that person’s soul will be malnourished and starving.
Why is this important? “For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18b). “Transient” means temporary, it doesn’t last. Also, a starved soul can lead to eternal separation from God. It’s only through Christ Jesus that we are right with God and receive eternal life. If we are looking to spend eternity with Jesus, doesn’t it make sense to be in a growing relationship with Him here and now. Taxes, bills, deadlines, repairs, vacations, physical rest, etc., etc. seem so important (and they are important); however, spiritual life is ETERNALLY IMPORTANT!! Or as Jesus put it, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).
So….. don’t take a vacation from Church.
See you in Divine Service,