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)
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.
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.
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
you made a promise to serve the Lord?
Will you be able to keep your promise till the end?
kind of challenges or hindrances do you face in serving the Lord?