I Don't Want To!

That’s it, I’m tired of paying my electric and water bills and so I’m sending a letter to OG&E and to the City of Midwest City informing them that I’ll no longer be paying my bills.  And while I’m at it, I’m going to let my bank know that I’m no longer going to pay my mortgage.  Why you might ask?  Because I don’t want to!

Can you imagine someone being serious and saying that to you?  You’d think they were ridiculous.  As an adult, there are certain responsibilities we take on and assume.  Or maybe you’ve heard a child say they don’t want to eat their vegetables, they would much rather eat a mountain of candy and sugar.  But you know that it is better for them to eat their vegetables so that the grow and be healthy.

Part of life is doing things that we don’t want to do.  In life we can’t disregard our responsibilities, and shouldn’t the same be true for our Christian life?  As a Christian, there are certain responsibilities we take on and assume.

Romans 12:11 says, “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”  Some translations say not to be slothful or lazy.  As Christians we need to be committed, devoted, and involved church members, even if that means doing something we may not want to.  And we need to encourage one another to do the same, whether they are friends or family members.

And so what are our responsibilities as Christians, what are the vegetables we need to eat so that we can grow and be healthy spiritually, where do we need to be working?  Is it serving in a ministry, leading a new ministry, or maybe it’s trying something new even if we don’t want to?