Years ago on Art Linkletter’s House Party Art asked a small boy, “What does your mother do?” He replied, “She’s a Sunday School teacher.” Art then asked, “What does she do for fun?” The little fellow didn’t hesitate in answering, “She plays poker and drinks beer!” The audience roared and Art blushed and looked sheepishly about. There have been plenty of Sunday School teachers, deacons, elders, preachers and church members like this one. There are too many casual Christians; they dabble in everything but are not sold on anything. They have a passing acquaintance with the Lord but are not committed to His cause. On Sunday they sing, “My Jesus I love thee, I know thou art mine; for thee all the follies of sin I resign.” But by Monday they have re-signed. This is no time for lukewarm Christianity! It is high time for Christians to get busy being Christians. This is Just-A-Minute.
Pardon my tardiness on responding to the daily nudge, “What needs to be restored?” I’ve been on business travel, but did want to respond. I think this is a very important question and one we should be constantly asking ourselves. After all, we are commanded to examine ourselves.
I believe one of the biggest things that needs to be restored is zeal and enthusiasm for Christ, His church, and His mission. It has been said that 80% of the work in any congregation is done by 20% of the members. Sadly, this does seem to be the norm. So many seem to think that showing up when the doors are open (or worse, once a week to take the Lord’s supper) is all that is required of them. Zealous people are not pew-warmers. Zealous people will be as the early church, teaching everywhere they go. If we are on fire for the Lord, then the church WILL grow. I fear we as God’s people are very much lukewarm and complacent. That needs to change, or the Lord will spew us out of His mouth!