Christian…Why are You Sitting at Home?
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” –Heb. 10:25 (KJV)
This article is written to saved, born-again Christians who are mature in the Lord and have been saved at least a year or longer.
There seems to be an epidemic among Christians today who think it is okay just to skip Church one Sunday service or one Wednesday night service, when they are obviously able to go to Church. Many Christians do not realize that missing one Sunday service can eventually lead to missing two Sunday services, or all three Sunday services. By that time, you will probably miss Wednesday night service as well.
Also, many Christians do not realize that missing Church COUNTS AS A SIN: slothfulness. The Bible condemns slothfulness, especially when it relates to a spiritual sense.
Matthew 25:26, “His lord answered and said unto him, Thou WICKED and SLOTHFUL servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:”
Romans 12:11, “Not SLOTHFUL in business; FERVENT IN SPIRIT; SERVING THE LORD;
Hebrews 6:12, “That ye be not SLOTHFUL, but FOLLOWERS of them who through FAITH and PATIENCE inherit the promises.“
The Bible calls the slothful servant in Matthew 25:26 WICKED. Slothfulness IS wickedness. I will not sugar coat it for you. When you skip Church or come to Church late, you are telling God that your most important priority in life is NOT the Lord Jesus Christ, but instead it is YOURSELF. How often do we put SELF above GOD? That is wickedness. Pride is wickedness. Slothfulness, oftentimes, is rooted in pride, which makes it even more wicked.
Romans 12:11 tells us that we should be “not slothful in business.” What business is Paul talking about? The Greek word used here for business is spoude (σπουδή), which literally means eagerness, earnestness, and/or diligence. Basically, the Bible is telling us that we ought not lose our zeal or our hunger for righteousness. Rather, we should be fervent in spirit. Interestingly, the Greek word used for fervent is zeo (ζέω), which is where we get our English word zeal. Thus, we can be certain that the Bible is telling us not to lose our fire,our eagerness, our earnestness, our fervency for the things of God.
If we are faithful to the Lord’s House and the Lord’s Work, we have a better chance of remaining on fire for God, and we have a better chance of not falling into the sin of slothfulness.
I believe that if we think about the sin of slothfulness with that type of severity, missing Church might become a more serious offense to some Christians.
On to my next point…
In Hebrews 6:12, the Bible commands servants of the Lord to be “followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” May I say this: a slothful SERVANT is NOT a LEADER, and he/she is not fit to be a leader. A servant, especially a slothful one, has to learn how to follow before they can lead. According to Hebrews, the purpose of following is so that “ye be not slothful.” Following the actions of other saved, like-minded Christians will help prevent you from becoming slothful. Many Christians have lost their fire for God because they have not been diligent in following their brothers and sisters in Christ.
Also, when we become slothful in our zeal for the Lord, we have to re-learn how to be fervent. It is almost like re-learning how to talk. We must start from scratch. We must re-learn what it means to be a Christian. We must act like we are babies (which most of us are not), and we must be taught how to walk all over again. That is the only way our fervency can be restored.
We think that we don’t need God. So, what do we do? We skip Church, because we think that we can fight the Devil without the encouragement of other Christians. Or, we come to Church late, because we do not want to have the encouragement of other Christians. It’s hard fighting the Devil on your own. I will assure you of that.
God has given you plenty of reinforcements. It’s up to you to call upon them. Don’t complain to God when you fight the Devil this week; don’t pontificate about how you wish someone would’ve encouraged you. You should’ve come to Church.
Of course, the best thing you could do to avoid slothfulness is just be ON FIRE FOR GOD!
Romans 12:11 tells us to not be slothful in business, but to be fervent in Spirit. We should always desire to be on fire for God.
When we are on fire for God, we do not think twice about going soul-winning. We do not hesitate to come to Church every time the doors are open. We do not argue with God when he calls us to a specific area of ministry. We do not contemplate skipping our Bible reading/daily devotions. Guys, this is nothing new. This is how mature Christians SHOULD and ARE SUPPOSED TO act. May God bless you as you determine to repent of the sin of slothfulness, and get back on fire for God.