Quit Doing Nothing
The flamboyant evangelist, Dr. Sam Jones, was well known in some circles for his “Quittin’ Meetings.” During his revivals he gave people a special opportunity to confess their sins and repent; many quit swearing, quit gossiping, quit drinking, quit smoking, etc. He asked one woman what she planned to quit, and she replied, “I ain’t been doing nothing, and I am going to quit doing that!”
Assuming she was true to her word, that was a worthy change. Think what great works most churches could accomplish if about two-thirds of the members would “quit doing nothing.”
Yes, I know. The illustration led to an exaggeration. Two-thirds of the members are not “doing nothing.” Even those who sleep through the worship are absorbing sound waves, and that makes it easier on the speaker. I learned, long ago, not to expect every called-out person to be all that the Lord says they should be; but I hope and pray I will never give up trying to bring about this condition. When reality becomes cynicism we are done. Aren’t you glad the Lord did not give up on you? The Lord was not blinded to the reality of a sinful world when he died for those sins. He must have known that many for whom He died would “do nothing” about it.
Some brethren “do nothing” because they have been conditioned to think the church does it all – an erroneous institutional concept of church. Some equate the Lord’s work with public service, and think they have no talent for that. Some excuse themselves with the fear they may do something wrong. And some “tried once, but no one paid any attention to me.” In all these, we are too much concerned with what people think of us, instead of acting in faith and with a view to pleasing the Lord.
Somehow we must reawaken the concept of individual and direct relationship of each saint to Christ. The “priesthood of believers” must be re-established in our thinking. I must know that regardless of what others do, or do not do; regardless of popularity or opposition, of affluence or famine; I must serve my Master in all good conscience (Rom. 14:4-12).