But who is going to mow the lawn? 5-4-2016


But who is going to mow the lawn?


A close friend of mine who serves as a pastor in another state (I told you this story would wind up here) informed his church board that he was resigning to move to another church to pastor. The first question that came to him was the usual, “Why?” which is very normal in these situations. The second question was a bit of a shock though. One of the deacons blurted out. “But who is going to mow the lawn?” It seems that the church member who used to mow the lawn was no longer able up to the task and after all of the deacons recused themselves the job fell to my pastor friend, who cut the grass for the good of the church.

I am not going to verbally beat up on that particular deacon or for the entire board for that matter – that is not my place, but it does bring up a very interesting point. Whose duty is it to maintain the church building and grounds. Before you get defensive the answer is very simple – it falls to all of us – both in a temporal sense and in a spiritual sense (you knew I had to go there – it’s what I do). It is important for every member of a local church body to take a personal interest in every aspect of the church. It is like this – if you are walking in to the church for service and see a piece of trash on the parking lot, pick it up and carry it to the trash. Simple!! So what if your church pays a janitor to clean. Take pride in the appearance of the facility which God has blessed you with and in which He has given you the responsibility to be good stewards.

On the spiritual side now. We live in a world which has gone away from the very basics of common sense as it relates to Godly standards. But we each have a responsibility to one another within the church family to do our part to keep it clean. The Bible says that the older men and women should teach the younger men and women how to live right spiritually. That does not mean that you should tell your pastor that they should preach a series on spiritually cleanliness. It means that you should take a personal interest in those younger Christians to be a gentle guide for them and lead them along in Christ.

Last thought. One of the verses which has always haunted me a bit over the years, because it forces me to think of others before myself, is 1 Corinthians 11:1 ESV, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” Of course I learned it as a young boy from the King James Version, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” You as a Believer have a responsibility to imitate Christ in your attitude, words and deeds. It is time for the true Believers to stop asking, “Who is going to mow the lawn?” and to start taking our Christ-likeness into the world of spiritual darkness and thus showing the way for others to find Him!

Be a light.

Be an example.

Be a Christian!


Serving Him by Serving You,

Joe Jackson, Jr.

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