Monday, October 24, 2011

Kick it into Gear

“ In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you have received from us.”     – 2 Thessalonians 2:16

            Have you ever seen a car in idle? Japanese sports cars tend to sound high pitched while American muscle cars have this roar like noise to them. Some of these cars can get so loud that you can almost feel the power and speed they have. The vibrations of their rumbles can almost pierce the body. However, the thing about being in idle is that it’s just noise. You don’t see the speed or the power, you just hear it. There is no movement in an idle vehicle. An individual can have the fastest race car in the world, but if it stays in idle it is useless in a race or even in getting to places. In order to be useful the car needs to kick it into gear. Are you an individual that is sitting idle?
            In this verse Paul has a pretty intense command. He tells the Thessalonian church to stay away from idle people. If you substitute the word idle with the term lazy, then you have the concept of this verse down. I have been serving in church for a long time and I see many people fall into this idle category. I am not excluded from this group. In idle they will praise God and tell everyone how they want to change the world. They are going to feed the hungry, be bold among the world, and even grow spiritually; however, like the idle car, they make just a bunch of noise. The idle person doesn’t do anything; he just spews out empty words that carry no weight. He is virtually useless. Paul tells us to avoid these people. Are you one of these idle people?
            Today I want to challenge you to kick it into gear. Instead of sitting around all day being lazy, do something. Back up your talk and be a doer; put your words into actions. You might sing about giving your all to God, or you might pray how you want to be a world changer. It’s time today to stop revving your engine and kick it into gear. Stop being useless and let’s get this done. God speed!
p.s. God speed means good luck…. lol