Don’t ‘Just Say No!’

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During the 1980’s when the War On Drugs began, one of the phrases developed to deter teens and young adults to stay away from drugs was called, “Just Say No!” Of course the idea was if you were approached to partake in drug use, everyone was encouraged to “Just Say No!” If you did this, you would not become a user of drugs. Sometimes within the church we “Just Say No” when it comes to our participation and involvement. What happens when we “Just Say No?”

Saying NO to church participation limits our zeal to teach others. Romans 15:17-20 says Therefore I have reason to glory in Christ Jesus in the things which pertain to God. For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ has not accomplished through me, in word and deed, to make the Gentiles obedient, in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another
man’s foundation. Paul allowed others to see Christ by his work. When we refuse to participate publicly to the best of our ability & talents in the work of the church, how will others see our love for the Lord?

Saying NO to church involvement prevents us from good works. Titus 3:8 says This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men. When we do not participate in service to God, what are we saying to Him?

Our service to the Lord requires work not rest. Our Father needs us to be zealous for good works. Can we say YES more and NO less?

Allen Jones
Glasgow, KY

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