In in the technology challenged era of my youth, I never though about being bored. I had more to do than I had time to do! Nevertheless, these are words every parent has heard from their children, especially during the long, hot months of summer. Although our children might think it is written in the official book of parenting that it is a parental obligation to keep their children entertained at all times, it is not. A fact in which we parents can take comfort. Nevertheless, we find ourselves challenged to respond to our children’s declaration of, “I’m bored”.
We know what boredom looks like on our child’s face, but what would boredom look like in a Christian’s life? Have you considered the possibility that we can grow bored as Christians? We know how to prevent our children from being bored; we give them something to do. How does God prevent His children from growing bored? He too, gives us something to do. Consider the words Paul pens to the Christians at Ephesus,
8For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
– Eph 2:8-10
While verse 8 reminds us that we cannot earn salvation, it is a gift of God, verse ten carries the meaning that we are made through a transformation in Christ for good works, which God has already planned for us, and desires that we continue to do them. Paul through out the book of Ephesians lists those works in which Christians should be involved. This list includes:
Becoming a dwelling place for God – 2:2
Making known the “manifold wisdom” of God through the church – 3:10
“… endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” – 4:3
“… equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,” – 4:12
“… speaking the truth in love” – 4:15
“… no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk,” – 4:17
“… put on the new man which was created according to God,” – 4:21
“… kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another,” – 4:32
“… be imitators of God as dear children.” -5:1
“Walk as children of light” – 5:8
“… have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them” – 5:11
“… understand what the will of the Lord is.”- 5:17
“… submitting to one another in the fear of God.” – 5:21
“… be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” – 6:10
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”– 6:11
While parents might not actively plan every moment of their child’s life, God has plans for every moment of our Christian life. His plans are challenging and they are exciting. If we have grown bored, or have never gotten excited about being a Christian, it’s time for an honest self-evaluation of our lives. Let us be on guard for boredom in our Christian lives.