Working Out Your Salvation with Fear and Trembling

Lazy Christians

It is said that nothing moves the heart of God like the prayers of his people. But then we can’t pray sincerely for what we won’t work fervently. Truth be known, it’s likely that few work harder at salvation than IFBs. Could that be because grace is in short supply?

There are church activities and school activities. Kids must be driven everywhere. There are services, events, meetings, drives, programs, committees and more. All demand time, attention and resources. IFBs have plenty to do. When they have the chance, they may perchance pray.

As the school year ends and church education programs wind down for the summer months, you may be tempted to breathe a deep sigh of relief.

That would be ill advised.

Work Harder!

VBS, summer missions across town or across state, community projects, annual church cleaning, church camp and [of course] youth conferences stand ready to spring into the place of regular programs! Now add BBQ cookouts and salad suppers, day trips, ice cream parties, church garage sales, bike rides, field trips, skit night, outdoor tournaments [volleyball, horseshoes, softball, 3-on-3 basketball, bocce ball]. And don’t forget your fund-raisers and summer outreach. Oh, and the weekend retreat!

Thank God for summer programs!

While regular activity is good on general principle; it may not make wise practice perpetually. But then, your fundie pastor knows better than you.

You can never work people too hard. If you get to relax, you may come to enjoy it. Then workers may be reluctant to restart the fall programs. Best to keep folk working all the time. People can’t be worked too hard! It can never hurt to make sins against laziness a homiletical staple.

Does God take a sabbatical during summer months? No. Neither should you. Bottom line — there is no rest for the wicked. Now get moving!

2 thoughts on “Working Out Your Salvation with Fear and Trembling”

  1. There ain’t no rest for the wicked!! Salvation don’t grown on trees. We got VBS to do and summer camp kids to feed….

  2. But it does say that, right? “Work out your salvation with fear and trembling?” And it’s in the New Testament. I don’t understand what the verses would mean if they don’t mean what they seem like they mean.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *