Whether it be that you worship on Saturday or SONday, many parents are forced to make a choice if their children participate on a sports or cheer team.
When games and tournaments are scheduled at the same time as worship, during sports seasons, parents have to make the choice as to whether they should tell the coach, “We can’t make the game”, or to fulfill God’s expectation of regular worship…
Hebrews 10:25 (NKJV)
25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Children are a heritage to the Lord, and it’s parent’s responsibility to teach and model for them Godly choices.
Psalm 127:3 (NKJV)
3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)
6 Train up a child in the way he should go,
[a]And when he is old he will not depart from it.
When we choose allowing our children to PLAY IN A GAME during worship where we have committed to worship the Lord, that choice is showing our children which is the priority in our lives.
It’s setting an example for them to follow with their children.
Too many people expect God to ‘understand’ or excuses when we have made decided not to honor His day of rest. NOTICE HOW MUCH IT PISSES GOD OFF WHEN WE REFUSE TO REST…
Too many times we expect God to in a sense ‘worship’ or honor‘ our excuses and priorities. His expectations haven’t changed.
Anything we prioritize over what God has told us to do is an idol.
Of course, many parents are going to say, “We’re not under bondage, we’re under grace”, but a ball game does not qualify as an ‘ox in a ditch’..,
Luke 14:5-6 (NKJV)
5 Then He answered them, saying, “Which of you, having a [a]donkey or an ox that has fallen into a pit, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?” 6 And they could not answer Him regarding these things.
The fact is, that many times we ‘place an ox in the ditch’ by the choices that we make. God isn’t going to accept our excuses,
Even though we have to live in a society that may not be centered around God…
Even though many people don’t believe in God…
He doesn’t change His expectations of those who do.
He expects us to be different…
1 John 2:15-16 (NKJV)
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.
1 Peter 2:9 (NKJV)
9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
Even though we’re under grace, the fact that we stop to worship and rest once every seven days is a sign to the world that we are His…
Ezekiel 20:20 (NKJV)
20 hallow My Sabbaths, and they will be a sign between Me and you, that you may know that I am the Lord your God.’
When Yeshua the Messiah was healing on the day of rest, He was doing the work of God. That doesn’t compare to playing a game. A game simply isn’t that important to God.
Consider this. If a parent tells their child to take out the trash at 8pm, but they decide not to do so, would the parent accept the excuse, I’M UNDER GRACE?
Why should God be any different?
God will hold us accountable for how we model relationship with God…
Deuteronomy 6:6-8 (NKJV)
6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.