Spiritual inertia

The one talent man did not commit adultery, embezzle or murder. All he did was to bury his talent (Matthew 24:25).

It was the easy thing to do.

God’s call is not to rest, retire or retreat; it is to resist and to grow, to fight on, to overcome obstacles. Significantly the Christian life is compared to a long distance race (Hebrews 12:1-3), and spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6:10-12). I don’t know of a Christian retirement plan. Oh, of course there’s our hope of heaven, but when do we retire from serving God in this life? I am fascinated by those who say, “The time of my teaching or serving is over.” Just about the time a saint has learned the hard lessons of life he decides to hang up his spiritual spurs?

“Inertia” is defined as the tendency to do nothing, or remain unchanged.

Forgive me for saying so, but that definition describes a whole throng of church attendees!

It’s easy to hold a grudge; it’s hard to forgive. It’s easy to remain the same; it’s hard to grow. It’s easy to enjoy the benefits of church membership; it’s hard to contribute our time and effort. It’s easy to stay home; it’s hard to go take the Gospel to other nations.

God calls on us to repent, grow and go (Luke 13:3; 2 Peter 3:18; Matthew 28:19,20). He never calls on us to jog in place, to tread water. An object that is inert is usually mistaken for dead.

And there, beloved, lies the deadly danger. If we don’t grow, we die.

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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