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Attitude is everything

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Attending church feeds natural hunger for God

By George Smith

One way to having a right attitude toward God begins with honoring him on the Lord’s day. “On the first day of the week we came together to break bread...” (Acts 20:7). The writer of Hebrews says, “Let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing ...” (Hebrews 10:25).

Some Christians today give up meeting together, but not for the same reason as the early Christians. No one persecutes us today for getting together. Most of the time our reason is that we have too many irons in the fire.

Knowing that the Lord wants to meet with us each Sunday should be enough motivation for us to be present in his house. Wanting to meet him in worship should be our constant desire. That desire will certainly help produce a blessed attitude toward God.

We need a hunger and thirst for God (Matthew 5:6). All of us get the “hungries” in life. For many it is for food. Others hunger for cars, clothes, trinkets or toys. Some hunger for hunting, fishing, shopping, sports or trips. It is too bad that we don’t hunger and thirst for God more than we do for these or other things, which are not necessarily bad, but God should be above all else.

The Psalmist said, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for you, O God” (Psalm 42:1). Jesus is the only thirst quencher in life. “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.” (John 7:37). Going regularly to his house for worship and daily reading and meditating on his word will help us to have a blessed attitude toward God.

I have read that the animal trainer holds the stool with the four legs toward the lion because the lion tries to focus on all four legs at once. His attention is fragmented.

The same can be true for humans. Focusing on too many things can be spiritually disabling. We must focus on God as we hunger and thirst for his presence. This is the beginning of having a blessed attitude toward God.