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Sluggishness in the Long Race

Sluggishness in the Long Race

            That you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. (Heb 6:12)

Life is fleeting, but the journey of a sojourner may appear long at times. The author of Hebrews warned, “do not become sluggish.” We could become sluggish without being aware of it ourselves. Our worship and service may become more like a routine and duty, lacking zeal and diligence. There are many of us who show fervor in the beginning. We might have eagerly gathered to worship God and to serve Him. However, as time passed, we may have forgotten the real purpose behind working for God. Let us reflect whether our service is done grudgingly out of obligation to those around us.

Jesus gave us a similar warning in Matthew 5:13: “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” Salt can lose its effectiveness by being diluted. Sluggishness can make a Christian ineffective and contribute little to church growth. To be a 'salty' or useful Christian, preparation starts with self-examination. Am I eager to serve God? Do I bring benefit to others? If we put our hearts and efforts in preparing each church assignment, and if we could find good use of our God-given talents, we will surely receive joy and satisfaction in our services.

The antidote of sluggishness is to imitate those who through faith and patience inherited the promises. The journey of faith can be a long race. Sluggishness can lead to drifting away and departing from God. In this race, we should first be rooted downward in Jesus Christ and have a relationship with Him. Then, we should build up our faith with spiritual growth, followed by establishing our faith through conviction. Then we will be able to keep our faith and endure till the end. Along the race, we should not lag in diligence, but be fervent in spirit and serve the Lord (Rom 12:11).

Questions for Reflection

1.      Have you made a promise to serve the Lord?  Will you be able to keep your promise till the end?

2.      What kind of challenges or hindrances do you face in serving the Lord?

Author: Sarah Lin