“Seriously, Nic? Seriously?!”
My husband watched our 4-year-old and 21-month-old daughters while I attended a dentist appointment. I was gone for two hours. Two. Hours. So yes, I was slightly irritated when I came home to my family sitting in front of the television wrapping up a two-hour movie. Seriously?!
I was frustrated with Nic. Not because he did anything wrong; but because he didn’t do anything at all!
Is this how the Master felt in Matthew 25?
“Then the man who had received the one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.”
The Master was frustrated with the servant. Not necessarily because he did anything wrong; but because he did nothing at all!
LAZY. Nobody wants to be known as lazy. In fact, we often place a VIP badge on our chest by telling others we are putting in 40+ hour weeks and talking as if our place of employment would fall apart without us. We even brag about how many days we have gone without a shower because, “Who has time for that? Thank goodness for dry shampoo, right?!”
Too often we go to bed exhausted because we are pouring so much time and energy into our job, our families, or our hobbies. But are we pouring into our faith lives? Or have we turned lazy?
- I would go to church but it is a lot of work to get everyone there on time
- I would read the Bible if I had more time
- I told a friend I was praying for her but have yet to do so
- I saw the sign-up sheet for the church fundraiser but don’t feel like making bars
- I would tithe but first I have to pay off my loans
- I love spending time with teenagers but being a youth group leader is too much of a commitment
- I would volunteer to help in the church nursery but I no longer have children/grandchildren in it
- I love having a mentor to guide me in my parenting but it is intimidating mentoring someone else
Have you turned lazy? I know I have.
No. We don’t have to sign up for every volunteer opportunity, donate money to each organization or spend an hour in prayer each day. But, what would happen if you and I made tithing, reading our Bibles, and making a pan of bars for a fundraiser a priority? As significant as fulfilling a job deadline?
Author and speaker Lisa Whittle said this in regards to our calling/gifts:
This is no ship that sails.
There is no losing relevance.
There is no aging out.
Serve God and love people to your last breath!
If sitting feels easier than serving, remember that you are needed. Your gifts, your purpose, and your calling are needed.
We have a God to serve and people to love. It’s not a “have to” it’s a “get to!”
Let’s serve God and love others until we hear the praise of Matthew 25:21
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness.”