How is Your Faith? Committed or Casual?
“Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 2:1)
The story goes, a new member in the church signed up as a volunteer to work when needed. Whenever he was called on, his response was always the same, “Ah man, I’m sorry.” “ I’m sorry, we will be at the mountains;” “ I’m sorry, we will be at the beach that day;” “ I’m sorry, the kids have basketball the next 15 weekends;” “ I’m sorry, we can’t be at Wednesday night services, the kids have baseball practice.” And then he just couldn’t understand why, after a year at the church he had never found a place to serve. Sound familiar? When you read in 2 Timothy chapter 2, we find Paul writing to a young Timothy about his responsibilities as a young pastor in Ephesus, he used a few occupations as illustrations for the kind of committed faith Timothy would need such as a teacher, a soldier, an athlete, and a farmer in verses 2 through 6. These type of occupations all required strength, dedication and a strong commitment to fulfill. And it is the same way for us in our Christian life. If you are or have been a teacher, soldier, athlete, or farmer, you all know the high level of commitment that is required to be successful. Are you and me giving the same level of commitment in our service to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Ask yourself the question, “If everyone gave the same level of service as I do, would this church be stronger or weaker? If someone witnessed to me like I witness to others, what chance would I have of hearing the Gospel and getting saved?” While many are not paid for their service to Christ, there are greater rewards ahead for the faithful child of the King! What and who are you serving and being faithful to today because you make time for what you truly love!
Love in Christ!