In the last post we discussed that there are three distinct groups in every society. The first would be, “Those in Need / The Takers”, the second, “The Maintainers” and third, “The Builders”. We took an in-depth look at what it meant to be “Those in Need” and how to avoid being found among “The Takers”.
No matter what challenges and obstacles we face, we all should be striving to be a builder in the kingdom of God, but sometimes we get off track. It’s good to be reminded that there is a very real and loving God who has a genuinely unique plan for each and every one of our lives. It is up to us to develop the proper habits that will help us to continue to pursue, discover, and apply that plan to our lives on a regular bases.
In this post we will look at a group that makes up the largest percentage of our churches today: “The Maintainers”.
The Maintainers vs. Maintenance People
One thought that can come to mind when thinking of a maintainer could be this, “maintainers are a vital part of every society and church body because they keep up with the maintenance of situations and problems as they arise. We need maintainers!” This is not the type of maintainer we are describing here. These type of people are known as “maintenance people” and are very much a necessary part of every society and church body. No, we are talking about a very different type of maintainer. Maintainers typically look the other way when they see needs because they question every cost that will come to them if they decide to actually get involved. While maintenance people love those in need and think very little of what the cost will be to lend a hand. Thereby, they are actively involved with the needs all round them. We will discuss that group in the next post. For now, lets take a look at “The Maintainers” and some of the characteristic traits that makes this group the way they are.
The number one characteristic of a maintainer is someone who is unwilling. Like all of us, the relationship began with the desire to be more than what they were, but after time, they begin to realize that if the relationship was going to be successful, it would require moving out of their current level of comfort in giving. In the beginning the price is small because we are the ones who have the most to gain. The very reason we came to Christ was born out of a desire to have more than what life and our poor decisions were giving us. Remember, the first step in coming to God is faith, and the way that faith fist gets exercised is believing that God is real, and that he rewards you if you search for him; see Hebrews 11:6. Of course it’s simple to grow at first, we just realized that there is a very real God who wants to bless us! And all we need is a willingness to give him our lives with all its hurts and frustrations, and in return, he gives us forgiveness and freedom. Not a bad trade! At some point though many of us stop giving, and as a result, we become cold, apathetic, and worst of all, without hope.
Many of you, while reading this post, are already doing some self examination and asking yourselves some very important questions; “Am I guilty of having an unwillingness to give with my life? I wonder if God is mad at me for not giving enough and that’s why I’m not really where I want to be by now. How much am I really expected to give when I only have so much time in the day and the demands for my time are already so high? God couldn’t be that unreasonable!…could He?” The answer to all these questions can be summed up in Matthew 28:19 and 20, “GO (big emphasis on go!) and make disciples of all nations… teaching them to observe all that I have commanded YOU (big emphasis on you!). And behold, I am with you always, to the end of age.” We stopped growing when we stopped giving, and when we stopped giving the purpose for our lives in Christ began to fade away. This fading has made it impossible for us to have a clear vision of both who God is, and what his intentions are toward mankind. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 To stay in a constant state of growth means that we remember the two main vitals for life. #1. God is real and he will reward / forgive you if you’ll seek him. #2. God has a plan for your life no matter where you’ve come from, or where you find yourself currently. Never forget these two Vitals for Life! Place them deep into your heart and let them serve as a reminder when you begin to doubt God or the ability God gave you to do his will.