Get Out of Bed!


“Get out of bed!” said the mother to her son, who was 38. “I don’t want to,” he groaned, as he pulled the covers back over his head. “But you have to get up,” she insisted. “It’s Sunday, and church starts in an hour!”

“But I don’t want to go to church,” he complained. “Why do I have to go?”

Trying to maintain her patience, his mother suggested, “You need to go to church for three reasons. First, you need to go to church because I am your mother, and I said so. Second, church will do you good. And third, you’re the pastor!”

There are times all of us would rather stay in bed. I heard about a minister who told his church, “I’m here because I have to be. I’m paid to be good. But most of you are good for nothing.” Now, that’s honesty.

So what do you do this Sunday, when you’d rather sleep in? You deserve the extra rest. The church will be there on Easter. Get up anyway. Here’s an idea. Don’t go to church for yourself. Do it for everyone else. Whether you’re paid to be good, or you are “good for nothing,” your church will be a better place if you listen to your mom and get out of bed!

The Bible says, “Praise the Lord. Praise God in the sanctuary” (Psalm 150:1). But first, you have to get out of bed!


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