A family came to GFC a few months ago and could not stop talking about how glad they were to "hear the Word again." I warned them, as I warn others in their situation, that they must guard their hearts from an over-zealous enthusiasm. Although it is great that they are being fed, even bland food feels like a feast to a malnutritioned man. What will they do when they have regained spiritual sustenance and find that the preaching is Biblical, yet quite average? If they train their senses to feel something is "good" only when they receive some kind of spiritual high, they could very well end up running from place to place looking for that high, not the Word.
There are still others that are so used to being well fed that when summer comes, or relatives visit or some other fancy strikes, they feel quite free to skip church to play.
He then quotes some great verse from John Newton.
I have a confession to make:
Although I am committed to proclaiming the gospel of Jesus every week -- in essence, playing the same song every Sunday -- every single week I am tempted by the devil to do something else so that people won't be bored with it. "It's going to sound the same as last week," he says to me, and he is so convincing and so logical that I have to constantly renew my commitment to my calling lest I give in to the temptation to keep people entertained or interested in something other than the "same old" Jesus.
Blogging has been light this week, btw, because I have family in town.