Would you go to church if…

Would you go to church if:

you couldn’t go to the mountains,
you couldn’t go to the beach,
you couldn’t go on vacation,
if the weather is not too bad,
if your favorite team is not playing on TV,
if you don’t have tickets to see your favorite team play,
if this weren’t your only chance to catch an important film or fine arts performance,
if the weather is too rainy for a hike or picnic,
if you weren’t too tired,
if you weren’t feeling bad,
if you didn’t have yard work to do,
if you didn’t have an important book to finish,
if things were going better at work,
if you didn’t feel so far from God,
if you didn’t have to ask someone for a ride,
in short, would you go to church if there was nothing else to do?

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.