What if we only did half of our tasks? No, I'm not saying that we should do 50% of all of our individual jobs, but only doing half of each task. For instance, I would put coffee in the maker but no water. I would wash half the car. I would unload half the dishwasher and leave the rest in there. I would stain every other plank on the deck. I think you can see how absurd this idea could be given the scope of all that we do in a day's time. Common sense approaches would enlist us to start a task and complete it to the best of our ability. A fully orbed view of this idea could change the world.
Take our faith, for instance. We acknowledged our sin, confessed it (them), repented, and moved into God's grace filled life. Once we receive our freedom from sin and its curse, it is common for some saved saints to relax their devotion toward God and Christ. Cutting corners and devoting half of our life to Christ is akin to washing half the car. Apostle Paul said that we should do everything as unto the Lord (1 Corinthians 10:31). Jesus repeated the long held belief that one should love the Lord your God with 'all' your heart, with 'all' your soul, and with 'all' your mind (Matthew 22:37). Nothing about these two scriptures would lead us to believe a life of faith is to be lived half engaged. We're either 'all' in or we're teetering on the fence. Jude, the brother of James and disciple of Jesus Christ had some observances about doing tasks only half.
The Sin and Doom of Godless Men
"Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write
and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. For certain men whose
condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men,
who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign
and Lord." (Jude 1:3-4, NIV)
I love the image of 'contending for the faith'. It connotes an active life fully devoted to Jesus Christ. We strive to serve and please the Lord. We aren't satisfied with our salvation and saved status alone, but offer our life as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2). We strain toward the prize and aren't ready to settle for a life half lived (1 Corinthians 9:24). Larry The Cable Guy popularized the saying, "Git-R-Done!" My good friend Troy took that saying one step farther, "Got-R-Did!"
Complacency in Christian faith allows temptation, laziness, and other ailments to creep in. Complacency in our faith can allow the influence of ungodly people to knock us off course and thereby negate our witness. Complacency in faith can become a norm that defines a weak Christian and a weak faith community (church). Instead, let's embrace the call to "Get-R-Done!" and respond with a hearty, We "Got-R-Did!" Contending for the faith (our faith in Christ) keeps us focused on what is of great value and we strive toward that prize with abandon. Paul told a young pastor of the way in which faith should be lived.
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me
the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not
only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing." (2 Timothy 4:7-8, NIV)
One day, we'll all stand before God's judgment seat and give an account for our life (2 Corinthians 5:10). Let's be able to say that we "Got-R-Did!" by the blood of Jesus Christ.