If asked the question, “what is the most important thing in your life?”, most Christians would reply: “God.” But, if you never asked that question and had to determine what was most important to them based on how you observed their lives, would you come to the same conclusion?
It is extremely evident what is most important to some people. For the golfer, they are very often out golfing, they talk about golf, they watch golf on TV, they may read about it in a golf magazine, they make special vacations/trips for golf, etc. I’ve seen people like this. However, I see very few people where I could write that same thing but with replacing “golf” with “God”.
And interestingly, the finish line for Christianity is heaven. That is the ultimate goal or reward. But what is it about heaven that makes it so great? It is being in the presence of God and communing with him. With that understanding, shouldn’t that also be what we most yearn for and strive for in this life? If we are barely willing to give God 15 minutes every morning and an hour or two at church on Sunday, then why would we want to be in heaven?
So what it seems to me is that most people, including myself, if honest, could say something like, “I definitely want to be with God and give him my all.. but not right now. I have eternity in heaven to be able to do that.” In other words, God can wait while I do what I want until I die. Clearly there is a great chasm between this life and heaven. Sure, they are by nature very different, but that is no excuse to put God on the back burner.
Why is there such a disconnect between what Christians say they want (heaven), and the way they live life and barely give God much of their time at all? Sure, I know that sin and the problems with faith can get in the way, but those are things to battle and fight against, not give into or use as excuses.
To be clear, I am not writing this from a pedestal claiming to have it all right while looking down at everyone else. Though I do observe others, I am also very introspective, and much of this is a look into what I’ve been taught and how I’ve lived out Christianity for a long time. I am discontent with how Christianity looks in myself, and what I see in the church, and the only thing I can do at this point is keep thinking about it, reading about it, writing about it, and having conversations about it.
If you have any thoughts on this, please comment below. This is a very interesting topic to me, and I would love to hear some feedback and other perspectives and observations.