Tired of My Own Excuses
I’m tired of not impacting anyone’s life. I feel like I’m busy blessing the blessed, interacting only with those already in my circle.
My people are crumbling and dying and starving, and you’re blessing blessed people and serving the saved.” Jen Hatmaker,
I once saw a post where a family new to town was listing all the things they wanted in a church to get suggestions on where to go. It was stuff like multiple services in case they wanted to sleep in, a robust children’s program, and a live band. Nothing about believing and teaching the Bible, reaching the lost, or anything about God really. Suggestions ran the gamut of denominations and beliefs. Follow up questions when suggestions were made were mostly about what times the services were.
It was easy for me to scoff at this, but then I had to pull the plank out of my own eye. So often, this is me too. Where can I drop off my kids? Where can we get good programs? Where is the good music? Why is church only at this time?
We have taken our consumer culture, brought it into our faith, and we don’t even see it. We are so busy making sure we and the rest of the church are comfortable and served. That makes us (or at least me) too busy to seek and save the lost.
Jesus didn’t call us to be picky about what kind of band there was in our church or how often the services were. He called us to make disciples.
Not just for the pastor to make disciples but for every disciple to make disciples.
Shame on me. I am not making disciples. I am not weeping for the lost.
I am wrapped up in my home, my life, my needs. And the thing is, people keep telling me that’s ok.
Because I have kids. Three little ones.
Oh, yeah. That makes sense. No Christ follower ever had kids before.
Now, I’m not saying that I should ignore the real needs of these little kids, but why does that make it ok for me to ignore the real commands of God?
Could I not be meeting my neighbors as I walk around the block with my kids?
Could I not be praying as I nurse the baby multiple times a day (instead of binge watching TV or scrolling through Facebook)?
Could I not be introducing myself to moms in the park while I let the little ones play?
Sure, I’m tired. I’m overwhelmed.
Guess what? The people that surround me, they are tired and overwhelmed too. What a place for me to meet them at and offer the hope I have.
Besides, I have a feeling that drawing near to God and obeying Him would be lifegiving, not life sucking, especially if I do it out of a love for Him.
I’ll be honest, doing this sounds scary. There is relief in knowing that I’m not adding new things, though. I’m simply going to be missional with the things I already do.
Are you tired of only thinking about you too? Are you done consuming at church instead of serving the lost? Are you tired of your own excuses?
Let’s stop the excuses and live as boldly for Christ as He did for us.