“Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.” ~Ecclesiastes 5:1
When you step inside the church doors, do you really go there with the intent to worship God? Or do you just go out of habit, because it’s a part of your weekly schedule? Do you come in with an expectancy to see the Holy Spirit work in your life and others? Or is it just another reason to hang out with your friends? Do you come in ready to hear the pastor as he preaches the word of God, or is it just something to listen to and then forget the minute you leave the church parking lot?
You see, the idea of “keeping your foot” when you go to the house of God is to consider if you are indeed ready to hear. In other words, we need to take a moment to reflect within ourselves if our motives of going to church is right. We all know that there are times when going to church seems obligated, but that should not be the case. We need to ready our hearts to listen, if we are expecting blessings from God every time we sit under the the preaching of His word. We need to be just like Ezra, who prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it. Because if not, chances are, what we do at church will just be a sacrifice of fools, and we’d only do it because we have to.
Please don’t come to church with the wrong motive; don’t view it as a sacrifice. If you ever think that the time you spend at church could be spent doing more important stuff, let me tell you: nothing and no one is more important than God. Yes, I plead with you, as much as possible, come to church, but please come with a ready heart. Going to church with no intent to know more about the Lord, to worship Him, and to be a blessing to others, is utter foolishness. There is nothing more disappointing to God than when a Christian leaves the church building with nothing learnt, with his soul not fed. On the night before a church service, pray that God will help the preacher, and that everyone who will be coming to church (including you) will be ready to hear. Before you drive out of your garage, pray that your heart would always be inclined to worship God in all His greatness. And before you even open the church doors, pray that you might have willing hands to serve the Lord and the brethren.
Consider your motives; come ready to hear.