Are you a lazy spiritual bum? – Today’s Thoughts…

Are you a lazy spiritual bum? – Today’s Thoughts…
By Pastor Lee Hemen
January 8, 2009
 
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20)
 
Are you a lazy spiritual bum? Here is what I mean: I was taught to respect authority as a child. When my parents told me to come, I came, and when they told me to go and do something, I went and did it immediately. I knew that if I lollygagged around about whether to immediately follow my parent’s instruction, I would suffer the consequences of my lackadaisical attitude. We have forgotten as Christians that we have been given marching orders that are to be followed immediately. There are those that claim to be within the Christian faith that in fact disdain any notion of adhering their loyalty to the marching orders they have been given. This is spiritually immoral and bankrupt and deserves eternal punishment.
 
Jesus had just reaffirmed for His listeners, and us as readers, that “all authority in heaven and earth” had been given to Him. We recognize this when we pledge our allegiance to Him as our Savior and Lord. It means we not only trust Him to eternally save us from our sin condition and prepare a place in heaven where He is, but that we accept Him as our sovereign liege. You cannot say you know Jesus, love Him, and want to live for Him without accepting His command to “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.”
 
We are ready with our quick excuses: No time, too busy, I am afraid, I do not know what to say, I cannot speak well, it is not my spiritual gift, we have staff to do that. What a bunch of disloyal unadulterated pooh-pooh! The problem lies in that fact that we have not and are not expected to be the disciples we are supposed to be. At no time in the first few hundred years of the early church was anyone who claimed Christ off the hook from witnessing, teaching, and telling others about Jesus. It was the church’s mandate. Its only marching orders. Feeding the poor, taking care of the needy, or helping the weak were all seen as a secondary mandate that followed exactly what Jesus commanded: Love God totally and love others as yourself! It was only when the social needs of the world began to dictate the marching orders of God that we began to make excuses as to why it was not the individual Christian’s responsibility to “go and make disciples of all nations!” We began to let the “hired” help, the clergy, do it for us because the rank and file were more than happy to come to church, get the “holies,” and let the staff do the dirty work. And the hired help liked the idea because it fed their egos as being seen as something special, wearing distinctive uniforms, and were set apart from the ignorant Christian rabble.
 
Today’s church reinforces this notion by placating the crowd with bigger and better pageants so that the unwashed masses will give some pittance in order that show will go on so the hired help can justify their existence by promoting bigger and better venues.
 
Let’s get down to brass tacks, shall we? When was the last time you told someone about Jesus? When was the last time you personally discipled someone in Christ? Is it because you yourself have not been discipled properly? If you have not, find a church or fellow Christian that will disciple you so that you will go and do likewise. Stop looking at your church as a means of spiritual entertainment, Sunday morning babysitting, or where you can sip your latte while enjoying the comforts of being spiritually placated with sweet sounding sermons.
 
Many believers love to moan and groan about the state of the church, the world, or society in general but few, very few, are willing to grab a new convert and see them through until they are completely trained in the Lord. Few do it because it demands time, devotion, responsibility, and it is darn hard work, but it is what we as disciples of Jesus are called to do! Stop being a spiritually lazy bum! Get up off your behind, stop making platitudinous excuses, and “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything (Jesus) commanded you!” You do not do it on your own, remember, Jesus is “with you always, to the very end of the age!
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This article is copyrighted © 2008 by Lee Hemen and if you reprint it, reproduce it, or want to use it in any way, you must do so in its entirety or get the written permission of its author.
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