PEW WARMERS

But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. 

The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; Titus 2:1-3 

          Visiting with my folks one time and Mama talked about how some seniors (in their church) felt that they were being passed by. “Just sit down, shut up and pay your tithe” is how one elderly friend of theirs said she felt. 

          After graduating from college, I worked as the Assistant Pastor at the Dexter Open Bible Church (mid 80’s). It was a country church but with a congregation that spanned new-born babies to folks in their 80’s.       I was the worship leader and our piano player was a talented Sister, who had witnessed the revivals in the early part of the 20th century and told stories how she, her husband and others (in their 20’s) were evangelists in Oregon. They would play and sing and her husband, Brother Hoole, would preach. Her age did not slow her down! 

          We had another brother who played the guitar and he was 65 years old. I can remember thinking, “I’m 35 and I just can’t imagine myself leading worship, singing and playing my guitar at 65.” 

          Ha ha, joke’s on me! I turn 70 this year and it is my honor to sing in the choir, lead when called upon and play the guitar at Desert Hills Baptist Church! And before their health got the better of them, our 1st chair clarinet player was in his 90’s! The 2nd chair clarinet Brother was still playing into his mid 80’s! 

          Here ya go! God has called no one, NO ONE, to be a pew warmer! We are not saved just so we can sit in a pew and watch church! There are hymns that talk about this: 

Work, for the night is coming, Work through the morning hours;
Work while the dew is sparkling, Work ’mid springing flowers;
Work when the day grows brighter, Work in the glowing sun;
Work, for the night is coming, When man’s work is done. 

(words by Anna Louisa Walker Coghill, music by Lowell Mason) 

And this one: 

O land of rest, for thee I sigh! When will the moment come
When I shall lay my armor by And dwell in peace at home?  

We’ll work till Jesus comes, We’ll work till Jesus comes,
We’ll work till Jesus comes, And we’ll be gathered home. 

(by Elizabeth K. Mills) 

And another: 

Hark! ‘Tis the Shepherd’s voice I hear, Out in the desert dark and drear,
Calling the sheep who’ve gone astray, Far from the Shepherd’s fold away. 

Bring them in, bring them in, Bring them in from the fields of sin;
Bring them in, bring them in, Bring the wandering ones to Jesus. 

(by Alexcenah Thomas) 

One more: 

I gave My life for thee, My precious blood I shed,
That thou mightst ransomed be, And quickened from the dead;
I gave, I gave My life for thee, What hast thou done for Me?
I gave, I gave My life for thee, What hast thou done for Me? 

(by Frances R. Havergal) 

          These great hymn writers knew there was more to the Christian life than just warming a pew! Volunteer! Ask what you can do to help! It’s not about “busy work”, it’s about doing our Master’s will! 


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