Q: I know you’re always telling people to go to church, but I’m very busy during the week and I need my weekends to relax. And anyway, I can feel God’s presence hiking in the woods as much as in some churches. My wife disagrees, but I can’t see any reason to change.
A: We all need rest and renewal; at times, even Jesus felt the need to get away from the pressures He faced. On one occasion, the Bible says, Jesus told His disciples to “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest” (Mark 6:31).
But we also need times of spiritual renewal, times when we turn our hearts and minds toward God, and seek His will for our lives. And that’s what you’re missing in your life. Perhaps you’re successful in your career; you also may be enjoying the life you’ve carved out for yourself and your family. But whether you realize it or not, something is missing in your life, and that “something” is God.
The most important decision you will ever make in life is this: What will you do with Jesus Christ? Will you continue to ignore Him? Will you turn your back on the forgiveness and new life He offers you? I pray you won’t, but that you’ll turn to Him and by a simple prayer of faith ask Him to come into your life. Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).
Once you know Christ, you’ll actually want to grow stronger in your faith and be with other believers. Not only will you help your family, but you’ll also discover an even greater joy—the joy of being part of God’s family forever.