Many of our pursuits in life are vain. Solomon was the wisest man to ever live and after observing the actions of man he determined that everything man does is in vain.
If you go to a Christian retreat or conference there’s about an 8 out of 10 chance you’ll hear someone tell you not to get too busy serving God. They’ll tell you how you’re just wasting time, but if you’ll buy their book they’ll tell you the easy way to serve God.
Do you know what’s humorous about that? Most Christains hardly spend anytime serving God. This message is still popular because our lives are terribly busy. Full of vanity. We think to ourselves, ‘You mean there’s a way I can reduce the time I spend serving God and still please Him? Sign me up!’
I’d like to pop that bubble. Stop trying to save time by taking away from God’s work. Get rid of the things in your life that aren’t glorifying God. Learn how to honor Him at work, at home, at school, and at play. Do more for the Lord.
Yes more for the sake of more. More because more is needed. More because less isn’t working. I’m going to throw a Bible at the next person who says, “Our churches are wasting time with their programs. We need to slow down and find the will of God.” I’ve got news for you. It’s not God’s will for one man to tell every church what programs are good and what are bad. It’s not God’s will for us to do less. Or to do things your way. How much should we do? All we can. Then we should trust God to help us do more.
While our culture is being destroyed by immorality the church is retreating. Sunday schools inconvenient so let’s stop that. Sunday nights take away from family time so let’s stop that. Family time means watching tv and playing on electronics. That’s so important! People take advantage of our benevolence so let’s stop that. People don’t want to hear about Jesus so let’s stop our visitation program.
I’ll tell you what you’ll never hear at a Christian conference. We’re lazy. We’re worldy. We want to be coddled. We want to find more excuses to do less. We’re suppose to give 100% of our selves to Jesus Christ and His work. We’re suppose to trust Him for strength.
Get involved with your local church. Start programs. Attend services. No more excuses. You’re going to give an account to God. Don’t be lazy. Jesus wasn’t lazy. I’m also going to throw a Bible at the next person who says Jesus took retreats. What proof do they offer? He went off and stayed awake to pray all night just to serve all day the next day!
Yes there should be a day of rest and it should be preceded and followed by six days of work. Let’s do what matters. Let’s serve our Lord. Life’s short. Don’t waste it on your fleshly desires. God has so much more in rewards for those who give this brief life in service to Him.
Have faith in a place that’s better than you can ask think or imagine. Stop wasting your precious energy trying to please your flesh. All is vanity. All will fade away. All except that which we do for Him.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord
(1 Corinthians 15:58)