Letting It Rot
Monday, March 19, 2018
Whoever is slack in his work is a brother
to him who destroys.
The Hebrew word for work here originally referred to a “commission” or a “charge”—in other words, a responsibility for something. A good question to ask right now is, “what is my ‘work?’” What does God want you to do and to be? He wants you to be a godly man or woman, of course, a godly husband or wife, father or grandfather, mother or grandmother, a godly young person. But beyond that, God has gifted you as a believer to serve Him, and He has placed you where you are to make a difference for Christ and the gospel. You have a commission. You have a charge. You have work to do. What is it? Are you faithful to it?
If not, says Solomon, you are brother to him who destroys. Slackness is like decay. Decay is not dramatic, of course—no film clips of rot on the ten o’clock news—but decay will destroy a house as surely as a tornado (and the spectacle will be more painful to watch!). And (pay attention) slackness takes a thousand forms, from the classic couch potato to the Type-A workaholic with no time or energy left for things that matter.
Neglect is never neutral—neglect destroys. So think of your walk with God. Think of your life as a Christian. Think of your work. Are you building the Kingdom, or letting it rot?
Welcome to Christ Church this Lord’s Day. Let this question ring in our ears: If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? Psalm 11:3
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