by Ken Cooper
Are you satisfied with mediocrity? We don’t think about it or like to admit it, but we often are. For instance, if a baseball player gets a hit three out of ten times, he is considered a good hitter. If he hits 4 out of ten times, he is an outstanding hitter. If he were to average 5 out of ten, he’d be able to command any salary he wanted from any team he wanted. But in most any other endeavor only succeeding 50% of the time is just mediocre. We might consider mediocrity in church to be the norm.
How many of us really expect to be involved in a church that is aggressively evangelistic? Probably not many of us. It’s not the norm. Churches are supposed to be nice quiet places where you can go on Sunday for worship, but they’re not to make any waves in the community. That’s mediocrity.
Part of our inclination for mediocrity comes from our culture. We don’t make real commitments anymore. We commit to marriage, “As long as we both shall love.” That’s mediocrity. According to workforce.com employees spend 8 hours a week on nonwork activities. That’s mediocrity. Don’t stand out, don’t do anything rash, just quietly go with the flow and get along. That’s mediocrity. We carry it over into our faith. We go to church quite often but we don’t make it a weekly commitment. That’s mediocrity. We give of our finances but a tithe is too much to ask. That’s mediocrity. We read our Bible once in a while, or maybe never. That’s mediocrity. We talk about our church if somebody asks, but we aren’t prepared to give a reason for the hope that is within us, that’s the preacher’s job. That’s mediocrity.
Let me explain something to you. Mediocrity in our faith makes Jesus sick. Look at what he says in Revelation 3:15- 16, “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm– neither hot nor cold– I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” (NIV). Let me ask you a question. If your car started 9 out of ten times, would you consider it reliable? If your refrigerator ran 5 out of 7 days a week, would you consider it faithful? If your clock ran 23 hours every day, would you consider it reliable? If your boss paid you 51 out of 52 weeks a year, would that be satisfactory? If you go to church 3 out of 4 Sundays a month, or if you give 70% or 80% of your tithe to the Lord, do you suppose He considers that faithful? Or is that mediocrity?