Who remembers when the convenience store 7 Eleven first changed it hours of operation from its hours of 7 am to 11 pm to being open 24 hours a day to seven days a week? The first store was actually in Austin Texas on a trial basis.This store made it convenient for customers who did not have time to shop during normal business hours. It changed how many larger stores operate today. Marketing is all about appealing to the customer. Make it easier for the customer and they will buy from you. Forget about the poor employee who has to work through the night and and holidays so they cannot spend time with their families. It’s all about making life convenient for the consumer.
Now stop and take a moment to look at your relationship with God. Yes He is available to you 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Yet have you turned your relationship with Him into one of convenience? Do you go to Him only when it is convenient for your and to get only what you need at the moment? I have struggled with issues that have kept me from regular attendance at my church in the last year and it has bothered me a great deal. There has been transportation issues, having to work on days of service, and poor health. I have desperately fought to stay in contact and fellowship with other believers. My church began a bus ministry which has helped me get to church when I am not working and I am so grateful for this service. I have a few friends who come and Bible study with me in my home. Others who are kind enough to give me rides to doctors appointments and to the store when needed, and even occasionally treat me to a lunch or dinner. For these people I am so grateful that they give their time and care for me. For me God is not a convenience but a necessity. I would not have been blessed with such kind people in my life if not for Him. He provides for my every need. He deserves all of my time and my effort. Yet there have been times when I have been wrapped up in my problems and situations that I drifted away and barely gave Him a ‘Hello’, or ‘Thank You.’ I have even made excuses not to fellowship at times saying well there will be another service next week, its okay for me to take a break this week. I am grateful that He never takes a break from me. He is always there. Even when I did not acknowledge His presence. He patiently waited for me to turn to Him and give him my time and attention. I am sorry for all the times I treated Him like 7-Eleven store, and only gave Him time when I needed to purchase something for myself.
Too often it becomes easy to forget to make Jesus a priority in our lives because we know He is there when we need Him, we can forget He needs us too. He needs us serve the needs of the people. To gather together and fellowship, for whenever two or more are gathered in His name He is there with Him. Our relationship with Him is not one of convenience or one of just receiving. If you treated your husband or wife in this manner it would cause problems in your marriage. Why do we do this with God. He is our husband and our maker, and like any relationship it requires effort on both parts. He gave us everything isn’t it time to give Him all of us?
He is the Beginning and End of each of my days. I give to Him my praise and thanks.
Isaiah 44:6 (NKJV) 6 “Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: ‘I am the First and I am the Last;Besides Me there is no God.
Isaiah 48:12 (NKJV) 12 “Listen to Me, O Jacob, And Israel, My called: I am He, I am the First,I am also the Last.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning andthe End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First andthe Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and sendit to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”
And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”