“laziness!” i answered back at my girls when we were talking about what gets in the way of our time with Jesus. at the end of the day i just want to sit with my family and watch TV. i do not want to read or even think. i want to sit and be lazy.
when i was in Honduras i was blessed with the chance to view life differently. the people i met were never in a rush, time was nothing to them, and they just enjoyed life with no time restrictions. they simply take it one day at a time. i would have never been able to see life this way if it was not for these people. i am always in a rush to get to the next thing, meeting, projects, job, anything and everything. i was too busy. i learned to sit and take in GOD’S ENDLESS GLORY.
SO, where is the balance? what is the answer?
Proverbs you can come across many verses about laziness, mostly in chapter 26. in Ezekiel 16:49, laziness is stated to be one of the sins of the city Sodom. do not be a citizen of such a thing.
“Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically” -Romans 12:11 (NLT)
“Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”” -Luke 10:38-42 (ESV)
what a perfect example of how being too busy can distract you from Christ. here was Jesus sitting in Martha’s house and she was too worried and caught up in what she had to do, she could not even bask in His glory. but here we are with Christ himself in us and surrounding us and we shame Martha for such a thing when we are doing the same if not worse. Martha stopped and learned, so let us do the same.
so where is the balance? it is in Christ.
be with Him, overcome your laziness, stop the busyness.
do not be a citizen of Sodom or a Martha copycat.
find your balance in Christ.
"i am not the best singer but my passion is what drives me." this sentence is what came out of my mouth at school today. here i am sitting learning how to color and i am explaining my passion for leading worship. i have this constant burning passion for leading worship. have i given it the time to grow to develop skill? no, because i tried to ignore my passion. i knew i was not good enough, but are we ever good enough? good enough for a perfect King, Creator, Savior, Father?
God loves a broken people. we are never going to be enough, we will always remain tinted and sinful BUT that is why OUR God is so wonderful. we boast in our weakness to glorify Our Savior. my talent is not perfect or even close to the best but the passion He has placed within me is what makes it right, what overrides my lack of talent. when i follow the passion THE Lord has given me, i accept my imperfections. i get in front of people and i live out that passion giving it my all and doing it for God, knowing that even though i am not the best nor am i not perfect at it, i am loved no matter what by a perfect, loving, merciful CREATOR.
When perfection comes, the imperfection disappears
1 Corinthians 13:10
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works,
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
"Because if grace is water, then the Church should be an ocean, it’s not a museum for good people; it’s a hospital for the broken"
i have been staring at the screen for almost an hour trying to figure out how to word and how to explain this. a very common question is asked of all of us Christians, "if Jesus was to come to our church would we let him in?" i do not think any of us would stop someone from coming through the doors of our church.
BUT what would you be thinking in your head as this so called "drunkard, liar, and glutton" came in and sat a pew away from you? on the outside you would be kind and maybe even carry on a conversation with them BUT on the inside you would be thinking and reacting totally different.
recently a friend from school asked if she could come to church with me one Sunday. she has openly said she is gay and she openly talks about it. i view her as anyone else, i have no place to judge anyone but i know not all Christians think the way i do. i thought about talking to them before she came but as Christians i should not even have to wonder. Christ loves and accepts all His children and as Christians, as Christ-followers, we should also.
THIS is where religion fails.
Jefferson is sharing about the difference, no matter what the sin, the person, or the situation,
GRACE SHOULD BE GIVEN. Religion has a church of good people or a museum of good people. you could take it a step further and say that museums are buildings of things of higher value on display, you need a ticket or pass just to get in. where hospitals are for the hurt, you can take away the building but you will still have a hospital because of the people. those people want to help anyone who walks in the doors accepting that they can also get hurt; this is the church Christ intended.
So pick, museum or hospital?
visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IAhDGYlpqY for the rest of Jefferson’s poem.
(i hope this came across clear, if you have any questions or concerns answer back.)