Don’t Do Nothing
These words were written up on the screen in large letters Sunday morning at church. It was the theme of a great sermon preached by one of our associate pastors, Glen Rowden. (I hope that’s right. Please forgive me if it’s not.) We have quite a few associate pastors at our church, and we don’t often get to hear some of them preach, so it’s always interesting to hear what they have to say when they do. Glen is in charge of our connect groups, and he’s an incredibly funny guy. He’s about ten times more animated than most of our preachers, so there were a few times I was afraid he was going to go splat, right across the front five rows of the sanctuary. He didn’t, but anyway, he got his point across with a morbidly funny story about a rabbit, a cat, and a hawk; oh, and a wife with a wicked moral to the tale. I won’t steal his thunder, but you can hear the story for yourself at http://www.Hebronchurch.org. The point of the story was “all it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” I think I’ve heard that before.
Sometimes it seems like evil is triumphing in our world today. The statistics are frightening. Christians are being beheaded by ISIS and other groups, crime is rampant, and abortion and other ills abound. But what can we do about it? Can we really make a difference? After all, I’m just one person, or at least that’s what we tell ourselves. There are over six billion people on this earth, and most of them are headed straight to hell. No, we can’t save all of them, but what if we can help save one of them, or two, or three, or four, or more?
God created us all for a purpose. He called us to Himself, and gave us different gifts to achieve that purpose. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” I’ve heard so many people say, “I don’t have any gifts or talents,” or “If I have any spiritual gifts, I sure don’t know what they are.” Baloney! If you don’t know what your gifts are, ask your friends. I’ll bet they know. So what if you can’t get up and speak in front of a thousand people? Maybe God never called you to do that, but He maybe He did call you to take that cute little blanket you crocheted to the unwed mother down the street as a way of telling her Jesus loves still her. Or maybe He is calling you to speak. You might start with a neighbor, or a friend, simply sharing your story of what God has done for you. It could change their life and yours. I took a public speaking class in high school. Every time I’d have to get up to speak, my voice would go up an octave, I’d be so nervous. So, can you imagine my fear the first time I spoke to a church? But sometimes God does call us to face our worst fears.
Our “something” can change with the seasons of our life. That’s okay. For years, I felt called to work with children. They were my passion. I still teach them in VBS every year. Now I teach Senior Adult ladies, and ESL, and I tutor a young man on Tuesday afternoons. It’s much easier on the nerves. At least I’m still trying. I honestly believe that the minute I finish whatever my purpose here on earth is, the Lord will take me home. I’m ready to go home, but as long as He has something else for me here, I’m willing to stay too.
Our Connect Group lesson Sunday was on Gideon. We’re studying Judges this month. Don’t you love the synchronicity of God’s work? It’s like He always weaves things together in such wonderful ways to make us know that it was all in His plan. What if Gideon, or Deborah, or Samson had done nothing. What if they’d just sat back and said, “I’m just a nobody. I can’t do anything. I’m too afraid? They were all poor. Deborah was a woman in a completely male dominated society. Gideon was afraid. So was Barak. They weren’t perfect. Neither are we. But when God called, they heard and obeyed. So must we. Do something. Don’t do nothing. Find the thing God calls you to do, and do it.