Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


December 30, 2009

That's where we live today. Formal wear, "dressing up," are all but relics of the past. Yet there is a caution to allow "casual" to affect our theology and practice.

When all the work King Solomon had done for the temple of the Lord was finished, he brought in the things his father David had dedicated--the silver and gold and the furnishings--and he placed them in the treasuries of the Lord's temple.

-1 Kings 7:51 TNIV

Similar to other passages in the Bible, we read paragraph after paragraph of the description of the laborious building of Solomon's temple. I concede, it ain't spell-binding reading! Yet if we ponder carefully the in-between-the- lines, we see precious care, attention to detail, meticulous focus on every aspect--there's nothing casual about this. Such devotion invites us.

Such devotion invites us to consider in matters of God there is nothing casual about it, no casual worship. How we dress is less a concern, but a slip-shod demeanor, half-witted, blurred attention, that is the ugly edge of casual society when it reflects the summons to love the Lord will all our hearts.

Dale Patterson