Think a minute…In 1919, just after World War I, the cholera disease broke out all over Europe killing many thousands of people. The British government sent doctors all over the world to find a cure for cholera. These doctors later came back and said that the Chinese did not get cholera because they boiled their water before they used it. Soon all the radios and newspapers in England were telling everyone to boil their water before they drink it. They even sent this message to the Pacific Islands since they had British soldiers there. Yet later, they heard that the cholera disease had still broken out in the islands killing many thousands of Islanders. The British leaders questioned the people in the island villages and asked them if they were boiling their water? The Islanders answered yes, they definitely were boiling their water to drink.
But this is how they did it. They boiled just a small amount of water and put it in a bottle. Then only once or twice a day, they would get the bottle and drink a small teaspoon of the boiled water, like taking medicine. Then they would put the bottle away again and the rest of the day they drank unboiled, dirty water. No wonder people still got cholera and died!
Yet many of us do that with Jesus Christ. We don’t want to live Jesus’ way every day, so we go to church one day a week to feel better about ourselves. Then we go back to living our own way the other 6 days of the week. Or, if we’re not religious church people, we think that if we’re a good, kind person, then God will accept us into heaven after we die.
But just like 1 teaspoon of clean water a day will not keep you healthy, only 1 day a week of living for Jesus Christ, or just trying to be a good person, is not even close to our Maker’s standard of pure goodness. The only kind of goodness God can live together with is perfect, pure goodness of all our thoughts, motives, words, and actions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.