The author of Proverbs hits us with this broadside: “As the door turns on its hinges, so does the sluggard on his bed.” (26:14) The last thing any of us want to be accused of is being lazy. That may be why we’ve invented so many different words to describe that feeling—words like tired, fatigued, weary, exhausted, debilitated, overworked, strained, faint, spent, pooped, bushed or beat. Makes you tired to read the list.
But laziness or idleness is a deadly disease to an otherwise healthy church. It is great to enjoy the good things of a congregation; worship services, the singing, the message, clean nurseries, hot coffee, waxed floors and fresh bulletins handed out in the morning. But none of these things happen without a little help from our friends. Idle worshippers wait for others to do the things that need done.
They remind me of the lazy farmer sitting on his porch when a stranger asked, “How’s things?” “Tolerable,” was his reply and he continued, “Two weeks ago a cyclone came along and knocked down all the trees I had to chop down for the winter’s firewood. Then last week lightning struck the brush I had to burn to clear the field’s for planting.” The stranger responded, “That’s remarkable! What are you doing now?” The farmer answered, “Waiting for an earthquake to come along and shake the taters out of the ground.”
Lazy people wait for others to get the job done. So don’t be an idle worshipper. Jump in and do your share. If you don’t know what you can do, call any deacon or deaconess and I’m sure you’ll be surprised by all the areas of service available. (And P.S. Best wishes for a sound night’s sleep.)