Drive-thru–food, banking, prescriptions, and dare I say…drive-thru lives. Everyone’s in a frenzy of business–hurrying from one thing to the next–no time for the present.
No time for relationships! Why pick up the phone and have a meaningful conversation–true fellowship–when a text message will suffice? Does this undermine God or His plans? We were created to be in community. The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” (Genesis 2:18). (Oh, by the way, Jesus never had a cell phone.)
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day near. (Hebrews 10:24-25).
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2).
More importantly, do we have time for God?
Drive-thru faith will never be enough for God! “You shall have no other gods before me. (Exodus 20:3). When busyness, hurrying, and overcommitment consume more of our time than God what is this saying?
Can we slip into church once a week, soak up a sermon, and slip back out…and all is good?
Communion is a joint participation with another. Communion with God is a glorious fellowship between us and God that fulfills every purpose of our existence.
In his essay Understanding Scripture, John Piper explains communion this way:
Communion refers to God’s communication and presentation of himself to us, together with our proper response to him with joy. We say “with joy” because it would not be communion if God revealed himself in total wrath and we were simply terrified. That would be true revelation and a proper response, but it would not be communion.
Communion assumes that God comes to us in love and that we respond joyfully to the beauty of his perfections and the offer of his fellowship. He may sometimes come with a rod of discipline. But even in our tears, we can rejoice in the Father’s loving discipline (Hebrews 12:6–11). Communion with God may lay us in ashes or make us leap. But it never destroys our joy. It is our joy (Psalm 43:3). (46)
Communion with God is meant to be a normal and natural response between man and God–a continuous relationship between Father and child. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
Speed has a place in Nascar. However, drive-thru faith will never be God’s design.