I want us to consider this morning whether or not we are “reliable” people. It seems that in the society we live in people can be counted on less and less. This is true in the workplace as employees routinely call out or take days off when they are needed most by their superiors. This is also true in our education system as parents do not provide support to teachers and many times do not even bring their children to school. This is perhaps most evident when we examine the state of our nation’s economy. Americans are in debt, and many continue to borrow with no intention of paying off their outstanding debts. Whether these situations are brought on by deception or apathy, they plague our society as a whole, and they are also beginning to become a problem in the Church!
I have heard it said that Christians are a “volunteer army,” and this is true in a number of ways. When we miss service, no one docks our pay, and when our children miss Bible class, no truancy officer shows up at our door to ask questions. Apparently this lack of short-term consequence offers us enough solace to not worry about missing services or participating in the variety of church functions we have available. I hope that we never, even in our weakest moments, think of Christ’s Church in this way.
When we made that great confession that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and had our sins washed away in the waters of baptism, we gave him our life! Think about Paul’s words in Galatians 2:20 when he said “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live,but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” When Paul submitted his life to the Lord, he literally GAVE him his life and became an instrument of Jesus Christ and his Church! Why don’t we have this level of commitment?!
When we are not active in the Church, we do ourselves a large disservice by missing out on one of God’s greatest blessings, but we also disappoint him and hinder the plans he has for us. It is my prayer that our spiritual lives can become our top priority, and we will become involved in the activities of the church whenever we have the opportunity. I also hope that as we go through our day to day lives, we ALWAYS look for chances to spread the Gospel. After all, Jesus himself said “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few”(Matt. 9:36), and Paul encouraged the Corinthians to be “always abounding in the work of the Lord”(I Cor. 15:58). Are we reliable enough to be counted on?
This Article is from the Broad Street church of Christ website, which is in Phenix City, Alabama.