the north face jacket black Checklists are not always bad in matters of faith
I’ve taught many lessons against it. Checklist Christianity is both shallow and a works based way to live out your faith. Just the sound of it is enough to make most people who are seeking a deeper relationship with God run away. But the fact is, there are some things we must not overlook whether we use checkmarks, sticky notes, or cell phone alarms.
Our resident computer tech here at the church building is out of town. So as the back up computer guy, I had to figure out why none of the office computers could access the network folder where we put the PowerPoint slides we use for worship. I dug around and noticed that the folder had apparently been affected by a power surge, and defaulted back to its original settings which will not allow access unless two little boxes are checked. I clicked on those two boxes, and just like that our office computers once again had access to this all important folder. It was amazing that just two little checkmarks could make that big of a difference.
The same is true for the faith journey of every Christian. There are certain things we do simply by habit, such as: 1) waking up on Sunday mornings and going to worship or Bible class, 2) writing out a check to drop into the contribution plate, 3) participate in singing, praying, and communion on the first day of each week. Those kinds of things are easy (with the possible exception of “giving”) because they can be easily checked off our list when we’re done.
Unfortunately, the majority of our spiritual journey can suffer and be overlooked if we are not diligent. They are lifestyle things and matters of the heart that drastically affect our Christian walk if not tended to. In a conversation with the Pharisees, Jesus said,”You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules” (Matthew 15:7 9).
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