Tuesday, November 17, 2015


The point is...

1. The greatest act of love needs to be heard. 

2. The message is the Gospel which is compelling to believe. 

3. The death of the sinless Christ makes the sinner to evaluate his life and repent. 

4. Because it is inherently good news, it is to be confessed and proclaimed to be such. 

5. The cross stands for the Gospel, 1 Cor 1:18ff, which is more fully the death, burial, and resurrection, 1 Cor 15:1-4, which must be obeyed. In baptism the sinner obeys the Gospel, the death, burial and resurrection which makes him new.  When we preach the Gospel of Jesus, people get baptized, Acts 8:12; Acts 8:36ff.


We are in the world but we are not of the world. Therefore we don't and shouldn't fellowship with it. "14 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?" 2 Cor 6.


To avoid all threats against your life is easy. Just go along and fit in. Make yourself look and sound like the world. An invisible Christian, if such exist, has no fear.

But if you are a faithful Christian, you can't. "Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted." 2 Tim 3:12.


"The God that many people speak of, think of, and sing of today is a God who has become less interesting than television, whose commands are less authoritative than our appetites, whose judgments are no more inspiring than the evening news, and whose truth is less compelling than the advertiser's sweet fog of flattery and lies. It is one of the distinguishing marks of our time that God, at least as many people think of Him, has become weightless. He rest so inconsequentially upon the world as scarcely to be noticed." - God in the Wasteland, David Wells

For most men, God is not revered so that God is shaping the man. Instead, man is shaping God.

When man's view of Yahweh isn't skewed by his own desires and prideful notions, God and His will is the first thought of the day. God's will weighs on every decision. God's work is the motive behind every other work of our hand. And wherever we are going will always be along the path of the walk to heaven.

Ask yourself, "What is God's will for me today?" Is your view of God as it is for the angels who who cover their eyes in the presence of God and sing, "Holy, Holy, Holy"? Is God's holiness governing our thoughts to be holy too? Is God not looking through our eyes and hearing through our ears? Does God not see and hear and know all that we are doing? Certainly He does! Today God wants you and me to be holy. Remember that the God of love is also holy and nothing that is unholy shall come into His presence.

The time is near for the faith of men to be tested. The weak and inconsequential God who is in the mind of most men will not sustain you when the evil day comes. It's time to go back to Yahweh. We yearn in our souls for the Holy God. But once we find Him, we must follow Him on His terms.

Search His Word and be taught by Him. Pray earnestly and be watchful with an attitude of thanks. Get to work as salt and light so that you become a proper reflection of God's glory. Time is of essence and this admonition is for you.

Humbly I offer this. Dan Mayfield


The holy God and Father of Jesus Christ is needed now more than ever. The light of Truth in Jesus Christ is needed in our hearts, families, work places, and communities now more than ever. With evil
marching forward to create debilitating confusion and despair, now more than ever do we need the crucified Jesus who is risen from the grave to reign over His Kingdom from heaven. Now more than ever does the Bible need to be heard. He will tell man what is right and wrong. Now more than ever does the holiness of God call for sinful man to turn from his fleshly pursuits to serve and worship Him.
"Now it will come about that in the last days the mountain of the house of the LORD will be established as the chief of the mountains, and will be raised above the hills; and all the nations will stream to it. And many peoples will come and say, 'Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of  Jacob; that He may teach us concerning His ways and that we may walk in His paths.' For the Law will go forth from Zion and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem." Isaiah 2:2,3.


I have spoken on this before, but there is edification in prayer. Public prayer is real communication to God, first and foremost. But there is also help, encouragement, and teaching in prayer as well.
"41So they removed the stone. Then Jesus raised His eyes, and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42“I knew that You always hear Me; BUT BECAUSE OF THE PEOPLE STANDING AROUND I SAID IT, so that they may believe that You sent Me.” 43When He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.” 44The man who had died came forth, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go." - Jn 11.
Notice that Jesus modified the prayer to the Father for the benefit of the people who were present.

When men lead prayers, they are careful in the prayer so that they don't lead others astray. We often add to the end of public prayers, "in the name of Christ we pray", and we do not leave that out, so that the prayer is not thought to be made to accommodate the Jew, Muslim or spiritist.

Sometimes a wise prayer leader will be clearly speaking to the Father, but it is apparent to the careful hearer than additional words of clarification are added in the prayer so as to be of greater help to those being led in the prayer.

Yes there is teaching in prayer, as Jesus shows in His own words. And there is encouragement in prayer. Consider the number of prayers than are in the Psalms! They are encouraging. Consider the prayers of Jesus! They are holy writ. Consider the prayers of Paul. The churches at Ephesus, Philippi and other places were encouraged to know the content of his prayers to the Father.

So prayer is first and foremost communication to God. But it is also a means of teaching and edifying others.

Bless you. Dan Mayfield

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Jesus Has a Day

I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day,” Rev 1:10
I know people debate whether “the Lord’s day” is the first day of the week or some other day. The Apostle John knew it was that day when he was in the spirit. It was a particular day in his life on which he found himself “in the spirit” and recorded the Revelation epistle from Jesus. That it was “the Lord’s day” distinguished it from other days. Now what impresses me is to learn that the Lord has a day.

Isn’t every day the “Lord’s day”? Yes and no. Yes, as the children recite that “this is the day which the Lord has made….”, which is every day. But John wasn’t making a theological point about the blessing of every day. John was distinguishing one day from the other days. If we can agree that John was....(follow link to read entire article).


My audio sermon on this topic...


The church of Christ practices congregational singing. There is no choir so that others do our worshiping of the Lord. There is no noise of lifeless instruments which hinder the player from praising and which also distracts in the distraction they are to the fleshly ear.

In an audio reading of a sermon by Charles Spurgeon, we see that he made a strong case for congregational singing. Why? Because praise to God can't be done by proxy through a choir and because a musical instrument is inferior to what God deserves. Here is the quote...

"Praying is the end of preaching. Might he not have gone further to say that praising is the end of praying. Preaching and prayer are not the chief end of man, but the glorifying of God, which praising God vocally is one form.

Preaching is sowing, prayer is watering, but praise is the harvest. God aims at His own glory, so should we. 'And whoso offereth praise glorifieth Me', sayeth the Lord.' (Ps. 50:23).

Be ye diligent then to sing His praise, with understanding. We have put away the harps and trumpets and organs; let us mind that we really rise above the need of them. I think we do well to dispense with these helps in the typical dispensation. They are all inferior in the music to the human voice. As assuredly no melody or harmony like those created by living tongues.

But let us mind that we do not put away an atom of the joy. Let us be glad when in the congregation we unity in pslamody. It is a wretched thing to hear the praises of God rendered professionally as if the mere music were everything. It is horrible to have a dozen people in the table pews singing for you, as if they were proxies for the whole assembly. It is shocking to me to be present in places of worship where not a tenth of the people ever venture to sing at all. And these do it through their teeth so very softly that one have need of a microscope invented for his ears to enable him to hear the dying strain.

Out upon such mumbling and murdering of the praises of God, if men's hearts were joyous and strong they would scorn such miserable worship. In this house we all try to sing." - Charles Spurgeon, The Joy of the Lord, the Strength of His People. Sermon # 1027, Dec 31, 1871 a.d. Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington.

Link: https://youtu.be/J4AiawMz6K8

God's Riches Leave No Regrets

"It is the blessing of the LORD that makes rich, And He adds no sorrow to it." - Pro 10:22
A man can be rich in many ways. But there are so many riches that do not leave him satisfied. He wakes up Monday morning and regrets the choices he made the past weekend. These riches are what most men spend their time getting. They get sick or they lose a best friend and begin to regret the lost opportunities. The choices come with a price so that often men look back on their lives with sorrow. They regret the waste of time. They regret the loss of precious relationships. They regret the loss of dignity with through their desire to be rich or popular. The man will regret what he did to lose his most precious relationships, his reputation, his life, and especially his soul. The pursuer of the worldly riches will regret his life.

The clarity of age and experience gives perspective. Even in works which may be noble, there is a futility in them. It is what Solomon reminded that "I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and striving after wind." Eccl 1:14. There's always going to be regret when we look back on our lives and realize we didn't put God first. Solomon built great houses, planted magnificent vinyards, and had acquired much, but he concluded, "and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun." Eccl 2:11. Describing worldly pursuits, he says, "What profit is there to the worker from that in which he toils?" Eccl 3:9. Why do we not learn and pursue what has true worth and leaves no regrets? Unless a man learns, he will regret that we traded away our soul and lost the favor of the LORD.
"Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD And whose trust is the LORD." Jeremiah 17:7.
God blesses in many ways temporal and eternal. There's no downside or regret accompanying the blessings He gives to those who trust Him. And there is one particular blessing, a singular blessing of the LORD, which is the acceptance He gives to His children. To be made right and forgiven from all our trespasses is a singular blessing from God. To have eternal life when we see Him face to face and to hear Him say, "Well done, good and faithful servant" will be a moment of exquisite joy without sorrow. You Christians who have this won't ever be sorry for choosing the path with Jesus.

Now it occurs to me that there are many Christians who have lived hypocritically. They ride the fence because they want the best of God and they want the best the world can give. They are just fooling themselves. God isn't fooled for a minute when a Christian practices this duplicity. Jesus said you can't serve God and mammon, Mt 6:24. But these are always trying to prove Jesus wrong. This kind of Christian life will leave the soul in sorrow. He will lament the time he wasted. Or she will regret the good works that could have been done. God wasn't all in all to him or her and it leaves sorrow and regret.

Jesus said blessed are the poor in spirit, blessed are them that mourn, and blessed are the gentle and those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, and blessed are the merciful and pure in heart, and blessed are the peacemakers and those who got persecuted, Mt 5. The worldly man won't get it, but the disciples of Jesus treasure this singular blessed state of God's favor.

Pursue God's riches and you'll never be sorry for it. Since you believe in Jesus Christ and let His light shine through you, you will be rich. Follow Jesus and you won't be wishing you had gone a different way. The blessing of the Lord never loses it's tarnish and never decays or rots. Read your Bible and learn eternal truths. Pray and build a closeness to Jehovah that will last through the ages. Make disciples unto Jesus and know that heaven's borders are enlarged. Worship God and bring your friends to worship Jesus. You won't regret bringing a friend to Jesus.

It is with humility that I offer this word of encouragement. - Dan Mayfield

Monday, October 12, 2015


My natural, God given rights are your natural, God given laws which you ought to respect and live by. If I have any right from God, then you must live by that law.

When teaching Boundaries by Cloud and Townsend, I point out the principle of "to and for". It is a boundary message about responsibility. In a nutshell it says, I'm responsible "for" myself, but I'm responsible "to" everyone." A is confused about life's boundaries who confuses these. If you begin to think you are responsible for others, that's wrong. Every man is responsible "for" himself. But the other important point not to miss is that there is a degree of responsibility we have "to" all men. Why? Because all men have these God-given rights so that what is their right is my law to respect them.

You and I must respect the law of God. The founders of United States didn't give us the rights of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness", but they were respecting the unalienable rights given to each man by God. Thus no government or system of law can rightfully legislate contrary to man's right given by God.

Since rights can be abused and God can take away a right, then a government may act justly to remove those rights as well. A man loses his rights when he trespasses against God or against his fellow man. There are consequences affecting a man's rights so that they can be taken from him if the man doesn't live in respectful way towards his fellow man's natural rights from God.

Love does no harm to another. The faith understanding of God should translate into respect for our fellow man. The two great commandments to love God and to love our neighbor lend perfectly to the understanding that there is a sense of responsibility we have to all. We know we should not, and we know when we do, trespass against God. And we know we should not, and we know when we do, trespass against our fellow man. We did not follow the law of love.
"For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” Gal. 5:14.
Interestingly, and not unexpectedly, the next verse says shows there is a consequence for biting and devouring others. It comes back on us.

"But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another." Gal. 5:15. When we trespass the natural, God-given rights of our fellow man, we trespass the law of God and make ourselves to suffer.

Draw near to God and be blessed. Dan Mayfield

Romans 6:3-7.


There is something about the name Jesus. And not just the name, but there is something about the life of Jesus that lends a people to follow Him.

Now men follow all sorts of men, but Jesus claims to be a special kind of man who is God in the flesh. He claims to be God. So when follow Jesus, it requires a new level of convincing evidence that compels men to follow Him.

Since there is an Almighty God who is able and sovereign to communicate His will to man, and since by that will man will be judged for eternity, then that perfect will of the Almighty God must be something that is obvious and can be found.

If God were so hard to find so as to make it impossible for any man to find Him, it would be unreasonable to judge him by that sovereign will.

Paul addresses this issue in Romans and in his speech at Athens.

The God who is visible in the creation is intrinsically linked to Jesus Christ. Spiritual truth always has correlating spiritual realities. God is seen in the Creation. And working backwards, to recognize the spiritual reality will lead to the spiritual ideal. Paul says that the Bible is "spiritual thoughts" from God's mind combined with "spiritual words" which you can read. The ideal is like the real. God's mind and the Bible are sympatico. They share that same tune or wavelength without any contradiction which you would expect. The spirit truth is sympatico to the manifestation of it in the man Jesus Christ.

The words of Christ are going to judge men on Judgment Day, Jn 12:48. His words reveal the character, the wisdom, and the glory of Almighty God Himself. Jesus and God are sympatico. To see one is to immediately understand the other. And Jesus said this very thing. To Philip, Jesus said, "He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?" Jn 14:9. There are aspects of Jesus life and words that show Him and His Gospel to be superior to anything else man could believe in this life. Jesus' teaching and way of life is superior to anything else in this life. And the soul that is specially made to perceive spiritual realities knows it. And the souls knows it so well that to turn away from is unforgivable.

Jesus says He is the Son of God. "18 For this reason therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God." Jn 5:18.

Now this is a remarkable thing that God's Son would be walking amongst us. If we must believe that Jesus is God's Son, it's because we understand the quality of His works and teaching makes that claim believable and true. The claim rings true so that we don't pick up stones to kill Him, but instead we rightly bow to Him and give our lives to Him.

So why don't men "find" the truth? They don't see it; rather, it's won't see it. Conflicting with what they see about God and about the Gospel of Christ is what they want in the next immediate moment. Competing with God is the flesh. Men can see God, but they blind themselves from it to justify the pursuit of adultery, drinking, precious things. Their minds become clouded by a self-imposed darkening. Their perceptions have been twisted. The senses of balance and justice and right are intentionally thrown off to appease an immediate gratification. Yes, men do this to themselves and they will answer to God for it. What that do to keep from following the obvious Lord is of eternal significance.

Turn today to the truth of Jesus. When you find Jesus, you have found your God. When you follow Jesus, you are going the right way. He said, "I am the way, the truth, and the Life." Jn 14:6. When you follow Jesus, you have found the very meaning of your life.

Humbly yours, Dan Mayfield


There are two kinds of people in the world: those who are of the mindset to gather with the fellow Believers to worship the Lord and those who put on their bike riding shorts. The latter you will pass by each Sunday on your way to the assembly.

The Christian life includes being with Christians to encourage one another and together they worship the Lord.
"19 Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near." Hebrews 10:19-25.
Again, take note that the inspired writer said not to forsake the assembly. It is only with the assembly of Christians that you can fully and completely "hold fast" and "stimulate one another to love and good deeds." The guy who is lining up Sunday football snacks and beer is of the different mindset.

Today, October 11, 2015, is the Lord's Day. It's not the Sabbath and not the day of rest, but it is the first day of the week. And being such, Christians always have assembled on this day to remember the Lord's death and to proclaim that until He comes again.

We assemble on the Lord's Day to partake of the Lord's Supper that we might always remember and proclaim the Lord's death until He comes again, Acts 20:6,7; 1 Cor. 11:23ff.

The two kinds of people are those who put God first and those who are always putting themselves first. The first shall be last and the last first. The idea of sacrificial service to God is forgotten by most.

Eternal life won't be found on the fifty mile Sunday bike ride. Eternal life won't be found on the couch cheering for your favorite team. The spirit of idolatry is revealed in these words: "They sat down to eat and drink and they stood up to play." 1 Cor. 10:7. And so with this spirit, Sunday is just another day to play or eat.

Jesus said, "He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it." Mt 10:39. What kind of person are you? Get up and worship the Lord.

I ask this with love. Dan


The man of faith, King David of Israel, went through many trials with ups and downs throughout the years. But he said, "My times are in Your hand;" Ps 31:15. Those words bring to us a new perspective.

Last night my sons and I were talking about the topic of time for God. We can talk about time for prayer, time for reading the Bible, time for serving, time for worshiping, time for family, and time for ourselves. But do we give thought to what it means? Instead of our time being ours and seeing it as something not given to us by God, we should see our time differently. Are we selfish with our time? Do we have very little time for worship? Do we give very little time for serving a brother in need? Do we give little time to fellowshiping with Christians? We can talk about a life of service, but until we start giving the minutes and hours, it's just talk we are doing.

Faith time for the work of God. In Haggai, the people weren't building God's house. God said, "4 Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses while this house lies desolate?” 5 Now therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts, “Consider your ways!" Haggai 1:4,5. The people had their excuses why it was not time to build God's house, but they sure had time for paneling their own. We need to think about the things of God going undone simply because we haven't given it the time.

Faith time at work. We may be giving God the last of our time and not the first. When you think of the money you give to God, is it the first hours you worked on the time clock or does it amount to the last bit of time you worked? Try doing this from now on. Devote to God the first X number of hours of your work weed to go into your contribution. Say to God, those first 4 hours of the work week were to support the work of the church. Try that.

Faith time in prayer. The Bible says that Jesus ever lives to make intercession for us who draw near to God. Taking time to pray is taking time for faith that God is going to work something wonderful in our life today, Heb 7:25. When we wake up and go through our day with no pausing to talk straight to God, well where's the faith?

When we do our house fixing up and cooking out and visiting with friends, is there legitimate time in all of that that is God's? Paul talks to the Ephesians about "redeeming the time" because the days are evil, Eph. 5:16. The 24 hours in a day can be left to the cause of evil. The 24 hours in our day can be wasted away on things not necessarily evil, but on things that also don't do a thing for the Gospel of Jesus.

Our time can be wasted away as if chaff or our days can be planned and redeemed to be valuable to God.

We instinctively understand the point here. Some will ask what would you do if you knew you only had 24 hours left to live. The person of faith instantly thinks about God and about doing God's work. So do we know how much time we have left? Doesn't it seem to be a matter of faith that we begin giving our time in faith to God?

I offer this humbly. Dan Mayfield


Sunday, October 11, 2015


"Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine." Pro. 3:9,10. 
When I see the principle in the Bible that godly people bring their first fruits to God, I wonder if it doesn't follow that God wants the first fruits of our time? Most understand they are to give of their wages to God as first fruits. But what about their time? Are the 168 hours given to us in a week only ours without any requirement that a few of those premium hours be given to God?

Now some might protest that there's nothing here about bringing the first fruits of our time.  Well if a man were to devote all of his time to himself, would he have time to worship God? If all of a man's time were spent on sleep, work, and recreation, where would be the time for confessing Christ and for spreading the Gospel?  Where would be the time for prayer and meditating on the Word of God?  What hospitality would be demonstrated by Christians if some of their time isn't laid aside to be given to God? Clearly there must be carved out of a man's calendar the time for advancing the cause of Christ.

In the Old Testament God ordained for the people to have a day of rest. The Sabbath was a 1/7th of the week which was devoted to God to refrain from materialistic pursuits.  Jeremiah said, "Thus says the LORD, “Take heed for yourselves, and do not carry any load on the sabbath day or bring anything in through the gates of Jerusalem.'" Jer. 17:21.  And only in keeping this day holy did God promise to bless the people. God was always showing that blessings flow from to those who sacrifice their time and first fruits unto Him.  It is spiritual. 

I would not want to become legalistic about the accounting of time Christians spend in service to God, but I only wish to establish the principle that God should get some of our time. It is spiritual people who think first of God in their time. Spiritual people desire to take time out from the daily pursuits to give worship unto Him.

Now add to this principle that there is some time that is more valuable than other time.  Some time in the day is conducive to prayer and to Bible study. And some time in the day and week is more favorable to the outreach to lost souls. Again consider the amount of time men devote to their own interests. After a man has worked to support his family and such responsibilities have been met, he is freer to choose how to spend the remaining hours of the day. Naturally and rightly he spends time with his family since the family should not be neglected.  Now it would be right to say that all of this time spent in the day is honorable and pleasing to God, but it is also true that there is more work of Christ to be done beyond work and home. The Gospel must be go to world. It must go to our neighbor. We must therefore decide the best time to reach these souls. It is usually going to be some of the premium time of the day. The Gospel must go to the people we cross paths with at the gym and coffee shop. And as the Gospel goes to the lost world, it necessarily takes time from our calendar.  This is God's will that we give both quality and quantity time from our week to advance the cause of Christ to build the His Kingdom.

To the worship of God on the first day of the week, to the evenings when other men are distracted with hours of sitcoms and favorite television programs, and to the quiet early mornings and late evenings most conducive to communing with God, it is a spiritual truth that men should give some of their premium time to the cause of Almighty God and to His Son, Jesus Christ.

I offer this humbly, Dan Mayfield

Friday, October 09, 2015


9 “The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick;
Who can understand it? 10 “I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give to each man according to his ways, According to the results of his deeds. - Jeremiah 17

The place of the heart in the worship of God is of primary concern to God. The heart can be devoted to God or it can be devoted to the flesh. For Judah, there heart just wasn't in the worship they offered. They had become interested in the materialistic pursuits so that worship was displeasing to God. As Jesus pointed out, "This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far away from Me", Mt 15:8,9. 

In the Old Testament, one of the ways this cold practice of religion manifested itself was in the lack of interest in keeping the Sabbaths.  Jeremiah writes, 

"19 Thus the LORD said to me, “Go and stand in the public gate, through which the kings of Judah come in and go out, as well as in all the gates of Jerusalem; 20 and say to them, ‘Listen to the word of the LORD, kings of Judah, and all Judah and all inhabitants of Jerusalem who come in through these gates:21 ‘Thus says the LORD, “Take heed for yourselves, and do not carry any load on the sabbath day or bring anything in through the gates of Jerusalem. 22 “You shall not bring a load out of your houses on the sabbath day nor do any work, but keep the sabbath day holy, as I commanded your forefathers." Jeremiah 17.

As in Ezra, Nehemiah, Malachi, and other places, the perennial problem was the lack of desire to remember and honor God in the observance of the day of rest.  It was a heart problem. The heart was into making money more than giving honor to God. God ordained for there to be a time that men lay aside the making money and pursuing material interests.  But over and over again, the people longed to see the Sabbath come to an end so that the commerce could commence.  They are deceived in their hearts. 

"15 In those days I saw in Judah some who were treading wine presses on the sabbath, and bringing in sacks of grain and loading them on donkeys, as well as wine, grapes, figs and all kinds of loads, and they brought them into Jerusalem on the sabbath day. So I admonished them on the day they sold food. 16 Also men of Tyre were living there who imported fish and all kinds of merchandise, and sold them to the sons of Judah on the sabbath, even in Jerusalem. 17 Then I reprimanded the nobles of Judah and said to them, “What is this evil thing you are doing, by profaning the sabbath day? 18 “Did not your fathers do the same, so that our God brought on us and on this city all this trouble? Yet you are adding to the wrath on Israel by profaning the sabbath.” Neh 13:15-18. 

God's people have been a rebellious people. They went into captivity for 70 years for their heart problem, and now after they have rebuilt the temple and the walls of the city, there they are again back to putting the flesh first. 

When Jesus cleansed the temple of all the merchandisers, the sin was the same. Jesus said, "It is written, 'my house shall be a house of prayer. But you have made it a robber's den."  When this happens, there is no worship of God.  The people were deceived in their hearts. In their hearts they longed more for the meat that the spirit. And whatever they offer to God was displeasing.

Today, Christians fall into the same error. The temple of the body is to be a place of holiness unto God. But the body is not devoted to God. Lipservice is what God gets, but the valuable part of a man's life is devoted to "wine, grapes, figs and all kinds of loads". The clock and calendar are devoted to recreation or to the making of money and as a last thought an hour might be given to the worship of God. Where is the true devotion to God when God is short changed with our giving and with our unwillingness to bring meaningful sacrifices to Him?  

Truly, God sees those who put Him last.  The Lord's Day is the day designated for the church to assemble together. And we are not to forsake the assembling together, Heb 10:25.   If we took to heart the work of drawing near to God and encouraging one another, we would desire to worship and would allow nothing to get in the way of it.  

The value of reverent worship to our souls and to having the abundant life far exceeds the little extra profit we might gain in fleshly pursuits. God is worthy to be praised.  Take a look again at the priorities you place on things.  God is seeking you to worship Him, Jn 4:23,24.  God wants His people coming together to encourage one another in the faith, Heb 10:24,25.  There are great similarities between skipping the Old Testament Sabbath and skipping the worship assembly today. 

Are we more devoted to God that those Jews  in Jeremiah's day?  Seek the Lord. Pray and study the Scriptures. Search your own heart because Jeremiah says, "the heart above all things is deceitful."  The heart will be had by what you love most. 

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