Commitment: Just Do It!
Hi. It’s been a long time. Too long. MUCH too long. I could say that I’ve been busy, and that would be a truthful, but inadequate, excuse. I’ve been lazy. Procrastinating. Uncommitted. It’s a problem we have as humans. It’s a problem we have as Christians. It’s a problem we have as church members. It’s a big part of why it’s so difficult for me to make it to Sunday School. Or why it’s easy to not go to church at all, when “I don’t feel good”. But it’s a poor excuse.
As I was writing this post, I was looking up images to go with it. This was on one; “COMMITMENT: You’re either in or you’re out. There’s no such thing as life in between. Which reminded me of this scripture:Revelation 3:15-17King James Version (KJV)
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
I’ve been told that the “spew you out of my mouth” translates to “vomit”. Wow. That’s really strong!! I know I don’t want to be vomited out of God’s mouth. So, what to do?
Just Do It.
Our lack of commitment shows in our numbers at church; how many people AREN’T showing up. How many people show up for a part of the service ( Sunday School, Worship Service, Preaching, Sunday Night Service, Wednesday night Bible Study) but don’t stay, or don’t come back. So, what is the solution? Like the old Nike ad; Just Do It. All through life we are called upon to do things we don’t want to do. Term Papers. Changing dirty diapers. Exercise. Eating the Brussels Sprouts, instead of the Blueberry Pie. Algebra. (I’d rather have the Brussels Sprouts!) It doesn’t matter if your church is going through growing pains; go. If you don’t like the sermons; go. If you don’t like the people there; go. Just go. Just commit. Just Do It! I’m preaching as much to myself, if not more, than to anyone else. Find SOMETHING you love about where you go, and get plugged in to that. In school, I HATED math; but I loved Choir, Creative writing, and such. THAT’S what kept me there. THAT’S what made me want to go, when I didn’t want to go. THAT’S what kept me from quitting my junior year in high school. Well, that and my parents. 😉 There is a decision to be made; go where you are, or find somewhere else to go. But if you love your church, you love the people, then the other things that you may NOT necessarily love about “going to church” may change. They may grow into something you do love; or at least like. So Go. Pray. Band together with other’s who feel as you do. Work together to make your church the best it can be. Just Do It.
“Lord, put a fire in my soul, to please you. To be “on fire” for you, and never lukewarm! Help me to see what needs to be done at my church, in my life, in my community, to help spread your Word, and help me, Lord, to seek your will, and to Just Do It. Amen.”