Ecclesiastes 4:5 “The fool folds his hands and eats his own flesh.”
No, this is not a reference to The Walking Dead. This could actually be translated as, “the fool is never satisfied, so he just sits and does nothing.” So, today we will talk about one of the core reasons why we choose not to belong to a church and cultivate deep meaningful relationships.
I once heard a preacher say that laziness is a comfortable, slow path towards self-destruction. The thing with lazy people is they know what belonging to a community looks like. Primarily because they are life-sucking individuals who expect everyone to feed them spiritually. Laziness is also, in my opinion, the number 1 reason why people leave churches. These lazy people expect the pastor to feed them and be at their beck and call. So you end up looking like a 40 year old going back to his mother to be fed like an infant. (You’re welcome for the visual). The only problem with that is the Bible. The pastor and leadership of this church will vow to you to model after Ephesians 4:11 – “[we will] equip YOU for the work of the ministry for building up the body of Christ.”
Will we do ministry with you? You bet. Will we love and encourage you? Yes. Will we hurt when you are hurting? Yes. Will we rejoice when you rejoice? Absolutely. That’s what I love to do. But please don’t get confused. My primary responsibility is to equip you for the work of ministry.
Laziness is a problem in our American Christian culture. It takes time, energy and effort to walk in vulnerable relationships with other men and women. How many times have we missed getting involved with deep relationships simply because we were too lazy? Don’t wait for the pastor or the church leadership to get you involved in the community of the church. Get connected and belong to a church!