Hugh of St. Victor (ca. 1096-1141) “It is bad to pursue something good negligently; it is worse to expend many labors on an empty thing.”
I am dismayed at the ways many Christians and particularly many Christian Teachers and Pastors are so sloppy in their approach to their lives. Come on people! The world is watching us Christians. What you do reflects on your God. Too many professors of Christ will work exceedingly hard on their homes, making the places they live like unto palaces. But when it comes to working for God they do as little as possible and as poorly as possible. We willingly give 30$ or more to go to the movies, and pay 20$ for popcorn and a drink. Yet when we give to God’s work a ten dollar bill (if God is lucky) is put in the collection plate. We live in fine houses, purchase and use the best tools, take hours mowing and tending our lawns. Yet we assemble together to worship and leave bulletins and used tissues jammed down in the seats. Our children are allowed to throw candy wrappers on the floors of the Church, though at home we scold them and make them pick up their own trash.
What we do shows the world what and how we believe.
It is the greatest thing in life to serve God, and our every effort should reflect that greatness. God is worthy of our worship. God is worthy of our best. The Children of Israel were commanded to bring the FIRST FRUITS of the field to their God, the first harvest, not the leftovers. When Israel began to get sloppy in serving their God it wasn’t long before that nation was over run by the enemy.
I was going through the rooms of one of the local Churches I pastored years ago and found a broken upright vacuum cleaner. The motor worked, but the handle was busted off. It was impossible to use. Later that day I was visiting one of our members. She had just finished vacuuming her carpets. As we sat down to talk I mentioned what a nice vacuum cleaner she had. She said – and I quote – “It is a nice one. The one I had before was a good one, too, but the handle was broken. I donated that one to the Church when I bought this one. If YOU will fix the handle on that other one, you’ll have a great vacuum cleaner.”
Do you see anything wrong with this? If you don’t, YOU are part of the problem.
God wants you to be part of a good Church, not build a Goodwill. God doesn’t want your half and second best. He doesn’t want your cast off garbage. He wants your best. He wants you to seek excellence in all you say or do. He wants your top drawer. He gave His best and brightest for you. His Only Begotten Son was given so that you might walk streets of gold. There is no place for sloppy and half *** in the Christian way of life. Let your mind seek excellence. By the way, the *** I did two sentences ago was for the word “WAY” – where did your mind go? Did it go down or up? Glorify your God.
So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
The things you do for God are eternal, and one day every Christian will give an account. Will God say “Well done, My good and faithful servant”, or will He say “I am so ashamed of you”? Think about it.