Doing the Absolute Minimum

Categories: Staff Devotions

January 10, 2017

Doing the Absolute MinimumBlake Tiemann

– Blake Tiemann (Cape First House of Hope)

On my way to church Sunday morning, it was a cold 7 degrees outside.  As I drove, I passed a car that had only scraped a 1’ square of their windshield.  Not only could they not see out of most of their windshield, which was fogging up and frantically being wiped, but the side and rear windows were unscraped as well.  Many thoughts immediately went through my mind, first was for my safety.  Then I thought about someone who was doing the absolute minimum to get by.  Was it because they were running late?  Was it because they were very cold?  Or was it just that they were extremely lazy?  As I continued I thought about how this all too often relates to us in our walk with God.
I began to contemplate the following Scripture:
Colossians 3:23  Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,
Then my mind went to the rich young ruler, who wanted to serve, but the price tag seemed a little too high for him as he went away sad.
I broke my only 3 excuses for this person down to the following:
  1. Late – TIME – Time is one thing we can never get more of. Serving God takes time.  It takes time every day to pray and read your Bible.  It takes time to serve God!  My life is always busy!  The excuse people in the churches as well as ministers commonly use, is that we’re just too busy!  The most important part of your ministry is spending your time in the right places.  Prioritizing time with God, family, leaders, and in the community.
  2. Cold – WORK – It is not desirable to be the one outside scraping the windows when it’s that cold out. This is a battle of the flesh!  Like the Rich Young Ruler, we may even have the desire, but don’t really want it bad enough to do anything about it.
  3. Lazy – DESIRE – For some it is simply APATHY – Some people just really don’t care! It isn’t important, unless it directly affects them!
Our society, and churches, have way too many people who are simply trying to slide by doing the absolute minimum.  Hoping that they’ve attended enough church services this year to make God happy.  Hoping that the one prayer they prayed will guarantee them a spot in heaven.  Hoping they’ve given enough in the offering to “pacify the big guy upstairs.”  Hoping they’ve been a good enough person to sneak by the judgment.  With the perspective that simply just wants to slide in and barely make it.  Not wanting to do anything above what is required.
In college I had a literature class that I really didn’t like.  I did the minimum of what was required to slide by.  But in life, there’s so much more riding on my decisions than simply a letter on a paper.  I want to do everything I can to ensure that God is pleased with me!
Strive to hear these simple words found in Matthew 25, “well done, good and faithful servant.”