Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, make offerings to Baal, and go after other gods that you have not known, and then come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, ‘We are delivered!’—only to go on doing all these abominations? (Jeremiah 7:9, 10 ESV)
The people of Judah thought they were safe from their enemies because God was with them in Jerusalem. Repeatedly he told them that he had out his name on Jerusalem and the temple represented his dwelling place. But the people had grown complacent in their ritual of temple feasts and Sabbath observations. In other words, they had become “once-a-week” believers. When you look at the church landscape today, how many people who call themselves Christians living out their faith through the week? How many do you see making life choices that reflect a thoughtful and prayerful consideration of the glory of God? How many adopt the ethics of “is it legal” rather than “is it right?”
Before pointing the finger at others, however, remember how hard it is to see your own sin and ask yourself if you too have hints of being a “once-a-week” Christian?