I’ll be the first to admit, I have my lazy moments. There are days when I don’t want to do anything but watch a ball game or just relax. This post isn’t about running 100 miles per hour 24 hours each day. Each person needs time to relax his mind and his body.
This post is about apathy, the desire to avoid work. I hate it when I waste a good opportunity. There are so many things I want to accomplish in a day, a month, a year, and (of course) in my lifetime that I hate it when I don’t get something done. It’s more than just being “driven,” it’s about seeing the big picture.
Sadly, many people are apathetic. They have lost the desire to work. They are happy with things as they are and they see no need to press forward. They don’t think anything depends on them, and they see no need to go “the extra mile.” But that’s not just apathetic…it’s pathetic!
God commands us to be diligent workers as Christians. When we consider the scope and seriousness of the Great Commission, and when we try to imagine all the good works to be done, our workload is tremendous! It’s no wonder, then, we are told “let us not grow weary in well-doing!” It’s important to know that God teaches us to “always [be] abounding in the work of the Lord.”
- Personally, don’t be apathetic! If it takes writing your “to-do’s” or goals down, do that. Fill each day with more than just busy work; fill it with ways to encourage, learn, teach, evangelize and mature.
- As a young family, don’t be apathetic! Have family devotionals and teach your children the Truth of God’s Word. Take your children visiting, or have them help you serve someone in need. What a legacy you’ll be passing on!
- As a single Christian, don’t be apathetic! It’s easy to have the “lonely” syndrome and make it worse. If you’re single, you don’t have to convince anyone but yourself to work for the Lord. Take some time to encourage someone today!
- As an empty-nest couple, don’t be apathetic! The kids are out of the house? Don’t just sit around thinking of memories. Fill the time with work in God’s Kingdom.
- As a retired couple, don’t be apathetic! Truth be told, you have one of the greatest opportunities for ministry of anyone. Show younger Christians what it means to be filled with good works!
- As an eldership, don’t be apathetic! If the elders just “keep house,” so will the congregation. If elders are on fire and constantly seeking to work, so will the congregation!
- As a deacon, don’t be apathetic! Whatever area(s) it is in which you are to serve, go all out. Meet people. Do the work. Involve others. See this as your area of service and do it with “all your might!”
- As a preacher, don’t be apathetic! Work, work, work! One of the reasons I have this blog is it gives me motivation to work even more!!! Preachers should work more than 2 days each week, and should be seen as pace-setters when it comes to work ethic.
- As a congregation, don’t be apathetic! “Nobody wants to come here. After all, we don’t have any young people.” Or “We just don’t have the money to do huge programs.” So what?!?! Work, work, work. Don’t look at what you can’t do; look at the opportunities, talents and abilities God has given you.
Can you see how being a worker is wonderful?
Can you also see how being apathetic…is pathetic?