The Bare Minimum

Our last week article was about my confessions as an over-achiever and how I really only do the bare minimum to get by. This is true in more than just my academic life.

Unfortunately, this is also true in my spiritual life. I am more of a “Sunday-Wednesday Christian” than I care to admit, and I know that is something I need to work on soon and fast.

On that note, something was said in our Sunday morning adult bible class this week that really made me stop and think: “If you don’t enjoy doing the things a Christian should be doing – if you don’t enjoy fellowshipping with the saints, spending time in song and worship or finding new things in God’s word – then, assuming you can make it into Heaven on the bare minimum (which you can’t), you’re going to be miserable for eternity because those things are what the people in Heaven will be doing.”

This is true. Revelations 7:15 says that those before the throne in Heaven “serve Him [God] day and night in His temple” (NASV). If you’re just a Sunday-Wednesday Christian now, but really enjoy the people and activities of the world during the week, then assuming you can get into Heaven (which, again, you can’t) you’ll have to spend eternity worshipping, singing and listening to the words of the Lord – something you won’t enjoy any more then than you do now.

On the flip side, just because you may enjoy the sinful people and things of this world does not mean Hell is a place you would have fun. Even in the most evil places in the world, there is somewhere a glint of goodness, because there is goodness deep inside all men.

In Hell, however, those last flashes of goodness will have been wiped out. It is a place of complete and total depravity; a place filled with the most terrible companions imaginable. That’s not really the type of evil you enjoy, is it? It’s not a type of evil we can comprehend, because something that completely and totally wicked does not exist here in this world.

What does the bare minimum get you? Well, in the story of the servant who buried his one talent (Matthew 25:13-30; Luke 19:12-28), it got him cast “into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (v.30). He didn’t use the talent (a unit of money) wickedly. He didn’t order a hooker or hire a hit man or even waste it on booze and cigarettes. He buried it and kept it safe until his master returned.

But that wasn’t the point. The point was to use the money profitably and bring home an increase, just as God wants us to take our talents and blessings and go out into the world and bring home other souls. In this, the servant failed. In this, many of us are failing. Am I? Are you? Let’s think on these things.

 

“For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) . . .  but “Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. . .’” (Acts 2:38).

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