In the world but not of it

March 16, 2010

Settled in…

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You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. Hebrews 5:12

A company I was familiar with had hired a seasoned executive to run the sales organization of a particular region in the company. They all had high expectations of this person since they had a successful track record and career with several well known companies.

On paper no one would doubt this person’s ability to do the job and for the first few months this person worked very hard and was putting forth the effort needed to succeed. But as the job settled in and time passed he became a bit lazy about his tasks. He began to take shortcuts to try and achieve the needed results and over the course of a year it caught up with him and it became evident to the company that this person was simply not able to fulfill the requirements of the job.

One of the biggest disappointments was that everyone expected him to bring wisdom and knowledge about his role that could help the rest of the organization but instead it amounted to very little in the end. You won’t be surprised when I tell you the company had to let him go.

But in the body of Christ we can’t fire people for being lazy or complacent in their walk. The writer of Hebrews, however, is making a similar point to the believer. There are many of us who have been walking with the Lord for a long time and we too are settled in.  The danger is that many today are relaxing in their faith. They have re-introduced past activities, language, desires, hobbies, etc…that are all not edifying and have dulled their Christian experience and the lives of the people they touch.

We are all in danger of this happening to us also. More than ever “keeping your guard up” is an appropriate way to describe how we need to walk in this world. At the same time we need to also be praying for those that we see headed in the wrong direction or simply allowing things in their lives that are draining them spiritually.

“Other men’s sins are before our eyes; our own are behind our backs”


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