“Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest. Though good advice lies deep within the heart, a person with understanding will draw it out. Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is truly reliable? The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them.” Proverbs 20:4-7
Only 30% of Generation Z (born between 1997-2012) says that religion is important to them – this is the lowest in US History. But 78% of this generation finds a “self-fulfilled life is very important to them.” We’ve lost our purpose and we don’t know where to go to find it. Until you find something bigger than yourself, you will always fall back into apathy or indifference. Paul writes to the church in Rome, “Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord”. Our fulfillment is found in Christ. Seek first Christ the kingdom. Love God and love others. The moment you couldn’t care less for Christ and His kingdom is the moment Satan has you in his grip.
In our day, it’s very rare that you meet a genuinely lazy person. Busyness is what makes us feel important and needed. So if you’re interning somewhere, working part-time, or right in the middle of your career – we would all say that we are as busy as we have ever been in our lives! Why is that? Over time, we begin to care so much about our careers and our work, it creates our view of ourselves and our self-worth.
We’re all busy. But, are we busy with the right things or apathetic towards the things that really matter? Jesus said on one occasion, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” Remember your aim in life: “As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.” One of America’s military heroes was General Patton of WWII fame. General Patton told his troops this—he said, “I don’t ever want to hear anybody say or get any message from anybody who says, ‘We are holding our position.’” He said, “The only thing we’re going to hold is the enemy.” He said, “We are to be advancing.”
It’s time to advance the mission of Jesus Christ. It’s time for the followers of Jesus to walk with integrity, so that future generations will follow. Pray for our kids in Generation Z to find their fulfillment in Jesus. Pray for mentors, leaders, coaches, and teachers who will walk with integrity before our kids. Pray for your mission assignment from God. No reserve. No regrets. No retreat. God is advancing on to defeat the enemy. Go God!