Chuck Terrill: Lip Service? 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Who hasn’t heard of Mother Teresa?

The Woman of Calcutta became a legendary Christian figure. We applaud her for her generous work with orphaned children, widows, and lepers. She was constantly on the move, helping wherever she could. She fought tirelessly for the underprivileged.

She raised the funds necessary to expand a growing ministry. Her Nobel Peace Prize of one million dollars went directly into caring for orphaned children in India.   

During her life, Mother Teresa sought no attention for herself. She didn’t desire fame, but the world saw what she was doing, and beat a path to her door. While others were asking, “What are we going to do about those poor folks in Calcutta?” Mother Teresa was doing it.

Her ministry was not very large at first. She took one child in off the streets. Then another, and another, and another. God blessed her ministry because she did the very best she could with the little bit that she had. 

In our day, we do a lot of talking about what needs to happen in our world. We call that “lip service.” If the average church congregation were asked, “Who believes in evangelism?” every hand would be raised.

If the follow up question was, “How many are personally involved in evangelism?” there would be very few hands raised.  

The outcome would be the same for tithing. Or for praying. Or for visiting the sick and the widow. Every person will quickly confess with their mouth those things they know to be true.

But, how many people actually practice the truths that they believe? 

Mother Teresa did. She was faithful in little. God gave her much. That’s just the way real faith works.    

Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap (Galatians 6:7) 


Chuck Terrill, who has doctorates from Master Theological Seminary and Trinity Seminary, is the senior minister at First Christian Church in Cassville. He may be reached at 417-847-2460.