Please Do Not Loiter

Don’t we have more to do than ‘hang around’ – trying to look busy? Isn’t there something I should be doing?


“Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.”

Romans 12:2 The Message

I’m getting serious. I want to change my world, not get used to it!

I don’t want to disappoint God by my nonchalance. Loitering on the premises of true spirituality isn’t as satisfying as standing on the promises that gives spiritual life its marching orders.

Meandering isn’t as enticing as specific direction. We shouldn’t waste time, but redeem the time and use it for something with eternal value.

I don’t want to miss the point, I wish to make the point to those around me. I no longer want to be clever, but anointed. I don’t want to lay down at night disappointed. Instead I want to find it hard to sleep because of my excitement at being used by God.

I don’t believe any of us who serve God are disqualified because of less than perfect lives. I just think we’re not thinking. And we’re not listening. And we’re not noticing God’s notes posted on the wall of our mind, calling us to step up to his plan for our lives.

Just a guess, but God might be looking for a little more from most of us.

Isn’t there someplace we’re supposed to be? Isn’t there something important we need to be doing? Aren’t our lives supposed to change the atmosphere around us? What would it take to respond to our Father’s call?

Maybe we should be quick to respond to God instead of negotiating and arguing with him or ignoring him.

What if we woke up each day and let God lead us into exciting encounters with people who need Him. Maybe his call would be to spend time with him until his heart beat in yours and you would then intercede for the world on his behalf. Possibly your words are meant to encourage or challenge someone you meet today.

Just maybe God has something much more satisfying for us than spiritual loitering!


“Not that I have already obtained it [this goal of being Christlike] or have already been made perfect,

but I actively press on so that I may take hold of that [perfection] for which Christ Jesus took hold of me and made me His own.”

Philippians 3:12 Amplified Bible


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