Recently there has been discussion about an NFL player who did not put forth the effort that he should have. He is being called out by several analysts and football personalities, and they are wanting the team to punish this player for his lack of effort. The man did not try when his team needed him the most. The effect was that the game which was already not going well for his team turned even worse. When one member of a team does not put forth effort, the whole team suffers the consequences.
The same thing happens in the church today. There are people that are in the church, but do not want to put the effort forth to help the church to achieve their goal. The people who are pulling the church in the right direction are then held back because they have to drag along some people who do not want to help the church move. People are wanting the NFL player to be punished for his lack of effort, but then people who do nothing in the church are rewarded with such sayings as “They come when they can,” or “At least they are at services.” Is this not rewarding poor behavior?
While these people do not bring reproach on the church necessarily, do they not hinder the work of Christ? The church has a responsibility to the people around it and should be a team that is trying to reach the goal of Heaven. We need to try and do our best to not be the anchor that holds the church back, and to help others who are struggling to keep pulling the team. Galatians 6:9 says “Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season, we shall reap, if we do not give up.” Keep doing the good work and putting forth the effort to win souls.