This morning I spent a few hours with the Lord and He convicted me of idleness, laziness, and distraction in my role and responsibilities as a pastor last week. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 commends the Church to warn those who are idle . . . well I surely felt warned and I share these thoughts with you to keep you from going down the pattern I have walked "off and on" since I entered the ministry. I challenge you to pray through the verses listed in regards to your life and commitment to serving God dutifully.
Here's what I wrote in my journal this morning:
Jeremiah 48:10 "A curse on him who is lax in doing the Lord's work! A curse on him who keeps his sword from bloodshed!"
Context: YHWH God is pronouncing judgment on Moab through the prophet Jeremiah and prophecying their coming doom. Cursed is the person or people who fail to obey God when called to be God's agent in Moab's destruction.
Application: God has called me to be a part of a spiritual battle (Ephesians 6:10-20), and when I am lax in God's work I stand under a curse. I need to be engaged in battle wielding the sword of Truth bringing down strongholds. Is my sword blood-stained?
Proverbs 20:4 declares that a lazy laborer will not bring in a harvest. In fact, Proverbs 24:30-34 says a sluggard's reward is poverty, thorns, weeds and ruin. 2 Thessalonians 3:11-13 challenges me to earn the bread I eat, to avoid being a busybody, and to never tire in doing right.
Often in ministry I become a busybody, whether it is surfing the internet, blogging, loading my schedule with unintentional meetings and appointments, reading without a purpose, etc. O Lord forgive me for my idleness; give me strength and wisdom to be diligent in ministry. I want to be faithful to the Lord's work. I want to be engaged in the spiritual battle, a warrior with a bloodstained sword, and ultimately sharing in the victory of Jesus Christ.