So, recently I’ve been mulling over Jeremiah 48:10, which says,
“Cursed is he who does the work of the Lord with slackness, and cursed is he who keeps back his sword from bloodshed.”
The first part made pretty good sense to me, but the second half took me aback for a while. Wait, what about “you shall not kill”? But after I read it a couple times I realized this verse is painting a picture here. It’s painting a picture of a soldier who is hanging back from the battle. He is refusing to do what his very job is.
So it seems to me that Christians can’t take their role in the church lightly. Each one of us has been given a special gift, something we can do to build up fellow believers and touch those who are outside the church. It is, you might say, our spiritual job description. And like any job, we are expected to work hard, to give it everything we’ve got. God has no need for a servant who’s not serving, a teacher who’s not teaching, or a soldier who’s not fighting. So this is becoming a challenge for me, and I hope it will be for you too. Am I – are we – giving God everything in the furtherance of His will? Something to chew on.