Too many times as Christians, we are concerned with only doing the “minimum.” We may not voice these questions out loud, or even on purpose, but sometimes down inside we say, “What can I do to simply “get by?” How get I put forth the least amount of effort, and still be saved? What is the minimum required attendance to stay on the roll?” Hopefully, these are questions that are not a part of your thinking process!
I think I know where this partially comes from. Has anyone ever heard the phrase, “He’s so heavenly minded that he’s no earthly good?” We are sometimes too careful on the spiritual side of things, to the point that we back off way too much. A little like Martha when she complained to Jesus that Mary wouldn’t help around the house. But don’t forget Jesus’ answer: “Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42). When Jesus is in the house, nothing else matters but to worship! We’ll get to the other stuff, but don’t miss the time of His visitation. And here’s the thing: Mary was not lazy, and was not just simply sitting around waiting for Jesus to come. Here is what Martha says when she approaches Jesus: “Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone?” Please notice the words: “my sister hath LEFT ME to serve alone.” To me, this is saying that Mary was involved in the preparation for Jesus to come over, but once He showed up, it was time to worship! This is the attitude we must have: don’t be afraid to work for God, but when His presence is in the house, it’s time to stop working and start worshipping!
In fact, the scripture does not teach “moderation” when it comes to Spiritual things. Just the opposite. It teaches moderation when it concerns the world and the flesh. For example, Ephesians 5:18: “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.” In other words, don’t live in EXCESS when it comes to fleshly matters, because that will cause you to sin. But you must be FILLED with the Spirit – in other words, don’t get drunk on wine, get drunk on the Spirit! We need a MAXIMUM MENTALITY when it comes to the things of the Spirit: prayer, worship, church attendance, giving, fasting, witnessing, etc. Do these things in EXCESS. “I will bless the Lord at ALL TIMES.” “Pray WITHOUT CEASING.” “Rejoice EVERMORE.” “His praise shall CONTINUALLY be in my mouth.” And so on.
Look at it this way: what if, when you are preparing to get married, you say to your potential wife, “I love you with all my heart. I am totally devoted to you, and am committed to making you the happiest girl in the world. Now, can you let me know, what is the minimum amount of time I can spend with you, and still stay married?” Will this girl marry him, or not? You got it. NOT.
Are we not treating our relationship with the Lord the same way? “Lord, what’s the minimum amount of time I can spend in prayer and still be saved? What’s the minimum amount that I can give, and not rob you? What’s the minimum number of church events I can come to and still be considered part of the church?” Does that really make sense to anyone? But…actions speak louder than words. That’s how some of us live.
May the Lord grant us a MAXIMUM MENTALITY. Serve Him, love Him, and worship Him with all your heart, mind, soul and strength. Give your best. Give your life. Give it all.