ONLINE CHURCH BULLETIN
Who Am I?
Why do so many Christians do so little for the Lord? I believe there are at least three major reasons that explain why this is the case.
Lack of Faith
The first and saddest reason of all for the lack of activity or concern for the Lord’s work is a simple lack of faith. How could anyone who truly believes that there is a God and that that God sent his only Son to die so that they could be saved, neglect so great a salvation? How could an individual, who truly believes in a literal heaven and hell, not be focused on God’s will? How could an individual who believes that this life is only a vapor when compared to eternity, not be “on fire” for the Lord? If we really believed, if we really had the faith that God expects us to have, the world could not contain our enthusiasm for his cause!
Some Christians struggle with their commitment because they are not sure that the words of the Bible contain the truth for all times. They often have allowed the humanists, atheists and modern day scientists to build doubt in their minds about this thing we call religion. One of the common characteristics of this type of Christian is his/her lack of daily study. These individuals are not “immersed” in the Word. They do not allow the Word to drive out the doubt. Without this study and understanding of the
Word, the power that is in the Word is of little or no benefit to them.
Other Christians with little faith practice “Brylcreem” religion. They have come to believe that “a little dab” will do them. In one sense you could say, these Christians have “too much” faith instead of too little. They believe they have enough religion to get by. They believe or at least hope that God is a good God and have faith that he will make every thing right in the end. They believe they have enough religion to avoid hell, even though they are not really sure that it exists. If they really believed in hell and really understood and believed the words of the Bible, they could not get “enough religion”.
These Christians are no longer committed to the cause. They have lost the meaning of what Jesus said in Luke 10:27, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind . . .” These “faithless” Christians are easy to spot by their lack of commitment to any work. James loved the Lord and said in James 2:18, “I will show you my faith by my works.”
Lack of Confidence
A second reason why some Christians do so little for the Lord is that often the Christian has a lack of confidence in his abilities. Such was the case with Moses. Time and time again Moses offered up to God excuses why he could not lead the children of Israel out of bondage. Each excuse was handled by God in a way that showed a lack of self-confidence was not an acceptable excuse. If God gives you the ability to do something, do not give him an excuse. It did not work for Moses. It did not work for the one talent man. It will not work for you.
If you have ever used the excuse, “I’m too scared” or “I’m too anxious”, or “I’m too nervous” to preach or teach, turn your Bible to Mark 14:32-42 and read the story of what Jesus endured in the garden before the start of his trials and crucifixion. See the intensity (Luke 22:44), the anxiousness, the tremendous display of emotions that Jesus exhibited before he faced the task that God had given to him. Even though he was physically with his disciples, he was alone in his apprehension. He alone understood what was about to happen. He alone understood the big picture. He received no comfort from those who should have been his biggest supporters. His soul was “exceeding sorrowful”, but he offered no excuses. Now compare the distress and apprehension that Jesus experienced with your excuse and see if it measures up.
For those mature Christian women, Titus 2:1-5 says, “older women . . . be reverent in behavior, not slanders, not given to much wine, teachers of good things that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.” How does a young woman learn to be a good wife and mother? It is safe to say that most men cannot teach a woman how to be a good wife and mother. How does she learn? From television? God forbid. From self help books? Maybe. From her mother? Certainly, if she is fortunate enough to have a Christian mother. Unfortunately, many young women today do not have a good role model to follow. When was the last time you sought out a younger woman to mentor and teach? Do you offer the same type of excuses as the men do? Are you any less responsible to God for your lack of action?
Not knowing what to do
Did you ever sit down with an elder of the church and ask, “What can I do to serve the church? Will you teach me how to . . . ?” Insert your own task into the previous question. Men, have you ever preached? Why not? Did you offer up one of Moses’ excuses? Did you ever teach a Bible class? Why not? Excuses are so easy. Doing God’s will requires work. It requires action. Ours is not a passive religion. God did not say, “Sit still and I will send the world to you.” Our great commission is to go into all the world and teach others (Matt. 28:19). Note that there is no “if you feel like it” clause added to this commission. It is our responsibility to seek out ways of service. Men, it is your responsibility to learn how to preach. It is your responsibility to learn how to teach. Women is your responsibility to learn how to be a good wife and mother and then to teach the younger women how to be the same. If you don’t know what needs to be done, if you can’t find a good work, find a busy Christian and ask them what needs to be done. “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few” (Matt. 9:37).
If you choose not to develop and use your talents, what will you say to Jesus when he returns? “Lord, those commands did not apply to me. I am not one of those “gifted” people.” The Lord makes no exceptions. “Lord, you know who I am.” The Lord plays no favorites and has no pets. “I did such and such instead.” The Lord strikes no bargains and makes no deals. Just as Jesus stated in Luke 2:49, “. . . I must be about my Father’s business,” we also must be about our Father’s business. We must realize that those so called “reasons” we offer for not being busy are almost always excuses and not reasons at all. Remember what James said, “. . . faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:17).
Let’s review the words of Edward Hale once again. “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do.” Enough said.
Warren D. Kirby