"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33
Have you wondered why it is that when planning something like a Bible study or prayer meeting- a "church activity"- you have to schedule it around the schedules of "other" things? For example, sports activities and extra curricular activities all seem to take precedence. It used to be that we scheduled everything around "church activities", now it's just the opposite. If we have something else planned, the things of God have to try to find a place to be "worked' into the schedule.
I remember when life centered around "church". If whatever you wanted to do, if wherever you wanted go, if something else was happening at the same time, it wasn't a choice--- it was a given, you went to church. As Christians that was- and may I add still should be- the priority. It wasn't a "choice" between the two, you always put the church first. Why? Because that was God's business, and God's business always comes before everything else. Now days, sadly, it has gone in the opposite direction- people automatically choose the other above the things of God.
What about you? When it comes to choosing between the two, what is your choice? Do you choose to go to the football game instead of the house of God? Do you enroll your children in some activity knowing that it conflicts with church service? Is a fishing trip more important than Bible study? (I know that there are "vacation" times when we take a few days to "get away", that's not necessarily what I am talking about.) I am talking about those things that you do on a regular basis that take precedence over going to "church activities". Is it a hard choice for you? Or is it a given-- you are going to put God and the things of God first?
Have a great day. There should be no "contest" and no "choice" between the things that pertain to Godly activities and worldly activities.