Have you ever wondered how you’re suppose to act and behave while in Church? Look no further than Ecclesiastes 5:1-2:
Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil. Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. Ecclesiastes 5:1-2
Looking at these verses, we see that we are instructed to carefully, cautiously, sensibly, practically, discreetly, and wisely enter into the House of God. In other words, when we go to church, we are to act wisely, or act practically, or act carefully.
It is telling us that we are to come behaving a certain way because we are representing Jesus Christ, and because it is God’s house. I like that term…God’s house. Yes, it is just a building, but when the people of God gather together, we are the church of God in the house of God to worship God and learn more about God.
Secondly, be ready to listen more than to open your mouth. In other words, be careful where you go and what you say. Fools are not encumbered about blabbing all they hear. They have no conception that a loose tongue is evil. Though written from a
human perspective, Solomon offers good advice.
Thirdly, we see a very interesting phrase referencing the sacrifice of fools. What is that? Quite simply, that is the people who come to church just to give God His props. They show up because that is what a Christian does. They show up because they have always shown up. They show up out of repetition. They show up not expecting to learn, not expecting God to do anything, not expecting God to move, not expecting anything other than to have them “gain favor with God.” Nothing could be more stupid than that. That is why God calls it the sacrifice of fools. They are foolishly sacrificing their time for nothing. They don’t give and they don’t gain.
When we come to church, to Sunday School, to Youth Group, how do we act? What do we do? What do we expect? What I have discovered is that I will get what I expect to get. If I expect to learn nothing, I will learn nothing. If I expect to hear from God and learn and grow, then I will do that. If I expect to worship God in spirit and in truth, then that is what I will do.
So I am to come to God’s house acting wisely drawing near to hear, expecting God to teach me, expecting to give all I have in worship, so that I am not a fool. And that my friend is how we are to behave in the House of God!