A Sluggish Church

by Tim Childs
We should consider it a tremendous blessing to sit down at the Thanksgiving Day dinner table with family and friends to enjoy a bountiful feast with turkey, dressing and all the fixings. God has been so good to us and we need to impress upon him that we are truly grateful.
But what about that heavy feeling about 30 minutes to an hour following the meal. Maybe you’re sitting in your recliner trying to watch a football game, but find yourself saying, “For the life of me, I just can’t stay awake.” “Good night.” “Oh, but it’s just 1:30 p.m.” “Zzzzzzz.”
Could it be that this is the current state of the church in today’s world? We are full and satisfied. We are content and complacent. We are sleepy, lifeless, without the energy to accomplish anything productive for our Master.
Admittedly, there are times when one has to catch one’s breath. That’s OK. Jesus, our busy Lord, took occasional breaks from his pressing work. However, we have not been called of Jesus to be “sleepers.”
“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand” (Romans 13:11,12).
Are you still in your spiritual p.j.’s? How long have you been resting? Haven’t we had enough rest? Is there not a cause?
Some of us could use an old fashioned dose of work and exercise in the kingdom. Let’s exercise our faith and see it grow. On the other hand, if we don’t get up and work for the Master, we are going to die an early death.

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