Have We Become Careless?
I understand that my life is beyond the halfway mark. The number of years that I have served God in the past outnumber the years now left to me. Though my teenage years, 20s, 30s, 40s, and nearly all of my 50s have been wonderfully exhausted in God’s harvest field, I can tell you that the fire burning in my heart now for the Lord has never burned brighter. The desire to fulfill the Great Commission has not waned these past many decades but, rather, continues to swell and intensify. I am looking forward with greater anticipation to what my Lord will yet accomplish through me in the next many years; I do not intend to become careless with the opportunities and responsibilities He has given and will give me. For this purpose, I claim Hebrews 10:25:
…and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
God’s people must be “always abounding in the work of the Lord” (I Corinthians 15:58) and “faithful unto death” (Revelation 2:10). We must not become lackadaisical with or apathetic to what our Lord has entrusted into our care, regardless of how long we have already served in a ministry or how convenient or inopportune it is or is not to continue serving. Others must be able to count on us. How sad it is for a pastor to see a church member join the choir only to become careless with attending choir practices or singing during the services. How sad it is to watch a bus captain or a bus worker become careless in his service and no longer work as he once did to bring families to the house of God. This attitude of carelessness is not limited to specific ministries of the New Testament local church—it can be embraced by Sunday school teachers, nursery workers, altar workers, staff members, deacons, ushers, security workers, maintenance workers, etc.
My challenge to every reader is to find yourself a ministry to join in your church and faithfully serve in that ministry. There are not days to become careless; rather, these are days to increase our faithfulness to God.