Give It Your All

By Luther Bolenbarker

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might” (Eccl. 9:10).

One of the saddest commentaries of our age is the ever increasing fashionable attitude of “I don’t care.” This attitude is manifested by a disposition of lackadaisical sloppiness. This is reflected in our speech, our manner of dress and our general demeanor. This attitude is seen in the store when someone knocks an item off the shelf or clothes rack and doesn’t bother to pick it up, in the litterbug who throws trash from his car, or the one who parks the car in two parking places, or the one who is habitually late for appointments. Business’ biggest headache is finding employees who will get to work on time, who will not call in sick when they just want the day off, and who display a real interest in their work and a genuine concern for people.

Ask for volunteers to help with just about anything (PTA, scouts, little league, etc.) and a general attitude of indifference on the part of many is found. If the “I don’t care” attitude is sad in the temporal world, how much more so in the spiritual world of the church! What kind of interest, enthusiasm and concern does it demonstrate to disrupt Bible classes or worship by habitually coming in late? Or how about the one who commits himself to a task and doesn’t do it? Or the teacher who leaves town without making any arrangement for his class? Or the member who willfully forsakes the services of the church?

The Lord’s comment about this sort of attitude is found in the Revelation letter to the Laodicean church. He wishes that the Laodiceans were either cold or hot, but because they were lukewarm, He will spew them out of His mouth (3:14-16). If the cause of Christ is really the most important reality in the world (Mt. 6:33) then let us be about His service with all our might.” “Give it our all. “

Guardian of Truth XXVIII: 4, p. 115
February 16, 1984