The Kingdom isn’t for the lazy…
Let’s keep it real as we look into the subject of the Kingdom of God. It will never be experienced by lazy people. You may be as busy as a bee and work from daylight until after dark and still be lazy in the things of the kingdom. You may be full of zeal in some religious activity and still be lazy in the kingdom.
Remember the story of Mary and Martha found in Luke 10?
Luke 10:38–42 (NASB95) 38 Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; 42 but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
Think about this story for a moment. Usually we are a bit hard on Sista Martha. How dare her be preparing Jesus a wonderful meal. How dare her build the fire for the oven, wash the dishes extra clean, and set the table so the King of Glory could have a feast among dear friends! I hope you get my point. Martha was doing a great thing and she was a little more than upset to go to Jesus and ask him to make Sista Mary help her. Yet Jesus turned the tables on Martha and told her Mary had chosen the better part of sitting at His feet while He visited them. Mary was actively LISTENING to the Him.
At the risk of being misunderstood, I must tell you that after preaching and teaching the Word of God for over 30 years, I have found far to many of God’s people who are flat out intellectually lazy concerning spiritual truth. The sad fact is if churches don’t put on some form of stage show every Sunday, many people are simply not interested. And, God forbid the pastor go more than 30 minutes or past the holy lunch hour.
To take this a step farther, many Christians will simply turn you off the first time they hear something which doesn’t fit their traditional understanding. They don’t even try to comprehend. That my friend is pure intellectual and spiritual laziness! Jesus said time and time again, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” He didn’t mean to just hear His words, He meant for His words to be HEARD, UNDERSTOOD, MEDITATED UPON, and most importantly to let His words change the way you think.
You will not discover the truths of the Kingdom by being lazy in your thinking. Most people today know and understand more about their computers than they do the things concerning the kingdom. Neither is God pleased with all your service at the expense of your spiritual growth. It shouldn’t be an either/or choice, it should be both! The Holy Spirit wants to work with your mind. He wants your mind to work with Him so He may teach awesome truth to you.
One of my favorite verses in all the Bible is found in Matthew 6:33 (NASB95) 33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Seeking the kingdom is an ongoing process of spiritual growth. Once you say “that’s it,” that’s it. It’s all you will ever have. There is always more in the kingdom. This passage is also a tremendous promise in context as well. The “all these things will be added to you.” are the needs of life which the world seeks to understand how to acquire. Jesus said YOU AS A KINGDOM CITIZEN come to seek and understand the things of the kingdom and all your needs will be met.
Don’t hide your spiritual laziness behind the smoke screen of even christian service. Remember, it’s not either or, it’s both. So sit down Martha and learn of the ways of the kingdom’s King, Jesus. There will be plenty of time to fix dinner.