Jesus Christ warned those of his church who were in Laodicea for their lack of enthusiasm in his work. read here the rather harsh language he used as a warning to them:
"And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked;" (Revelation 3:14-17 KJV)
Far too many people who profess to be Christians do virtually nothing in the work of the Lord other than attending worship services, and some do not even do that.
We have numerous commands throughout the New Testament which tells us the things a Christian must do. Those who prefer to stay lukewarm give many excuses for their lack of performance. Many give excuses such as 'I just can't do this or that'. It is understood that most of us have limitations as to our abilities. Yet, it is the Christians duty to examine themselves and make certain that we honestly cannot do a certain task before we refuse to try. For instance, evangelism is one of the most heavy duties placed upon Christians. After Jesus had arisen from the grave, he met with the ll apostles and told them this:
"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." (Luke 16:15-16 KJV)
This commandment was made to the then apostles who would soon be endowed with the Holy Spirit and be capable of preaching the inspired word. However, it remains the responsibility of every Christian to do whatever he can to continue to spread the word of God's plan of salvation. We are not miraculously inspired into all truths and all the teachings of Jesus as these men were once the Holy Spirit descended upon them. But we have that inspired word available to us and it is our duty to continue to spread that word. Here again, many of us have not the talent to be good preachers. But there are ways that we can assist in spreading the word and we are obligated to do whatever we can to do that. We are not helpless.
In the evangelism field, let us see what is available to those of us who are less than accomplished speakers. Since the advent of the computer and the world wide web, we have an excellent option to personally reach thousands of people. Some of us can write sound lessons pertaining to salvation and find websites to post them. Some of this writer's columns receive multiple thousands of reads per month. Perhaps not many are benefited by them but nevertheless, the scriptures are being presented to them. If one has no writing skills, they can still forward articles and sermons to their friends and acquaintances. Or refer them to websites where the articles are located.
Apart from the internet's great offering, other things one can do is to mail printed articles and tracts to those who might be interested. And a good idea is to enclose a good gospel tract in with your mailed bill payments. You never know when some secretary or billing clerk might find the tract of interest. Other things one may do which sometimes helps is to invite your friends and neighbors to worship services and especially to series of meetings (revivals) held once or twice annually by many congregations. And last, but not least, one may live an exemplary life before his friends and neighbors. This type of life has brought many other to Christ. For a listing of good things and works for the Christian, read: Philippians 4:1-9 and Galatians 5:22-23.
Before we say we can't do anything, listen to what Paul, the man who suffered enormous persecution, hunger, and misfortune, says to the church at Philippi:
"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." (Philippians 4:13 KJV).
And Paul also informs us in his letter to the Christians at Corinth, "But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that."
Perhaps the most used and the most feeble of all excuses is that of "not having time" to participate in worthy acts assigned to us by the scriptures. This is almost always a strong exaggeration. A simple and honest self examination will usually cause one to realize that the waste many hours throughout the week which could have been utilized in good works for the Lord, even if spent in studying the word of God. This is an absolute requirement. Probably more people will be 'spued' out of the Lord's mouth for this inexcusable excuse, than any other.
When a true lack of time is in fact accurate, normally one needs to adjust his schedule some way. Few people have no time to watch television, read newspapers and sports articles.
Other things Christians do often, especially when they are tired, or feeling poorly, is to say things in a hateful manner and sometimes offend others. This probably happens to most of us. But, we must always remember, it is our duty to apologize to anyone of whom we might have offended. Not just to go away and presume that God will forgive us for it. Many reply that none of us are perfect. True, but it becomes each and everyone of our responsibilities to correct our mistakes in the best way possible. And it is also our responsibility to try and overcome those weaknesses.