Daily Archives: November 14, 2007

Doing Nothing Equals Something


  Forgive us our debts…Matthew 6:12 

 In fact, we can sin against God by omission — by doing nothing.  As James 4:17 tells us, “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.”  Therefore, if we are involved in a conflict and neglect opportunities to serve others (by failing to bear their burdens, gently restore them, etc.), we are guilty of sin in God’s eyes.

Taken from  The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict
by Ken Sande, Updated Edition (Grand Rapids, Baker Books, 2003) p. 119

Food for Thought

By neglecting to do good, we end up neglecting God.

Have you ever been in a situation and you just knew you were being asked to do something good, say something good, be something good — but you didn’t do it, say it, or be it?  No doubt we all have.  In the wake of those moments, we often feel like we’ve neglected someone.  But how often do we live with the awareness that we’ve neglected God in those moments?

When we do something unto the least of our brothers or sisters, we’re doing it as unto the Lord.  And when we don’t something unto the least of our brothers and sisters, we’re not doing it unto the Lord.  Omission by another name is neglect.  And neglect in God’s eyes is sin. Sincerely confess it to God, and ask him to help you to “do good” in that relationship in the future.


My omission as of late is to not talk about God to non-believers. I talked with my son about this. The neighbor girl is a good example, as is his cousins, who we see on holidays. And his gramma, my mom, who he loves unconditionally.

BUT I can talk blue in the face to him about it, but he needs to see me do it.

I need to talk to my Tupperware lady, the guy down the street who dislikes Christians, the neighbor girls parents, my mother and family. These are actual people who we already have relationships with. Should be easy, right?

I also have a hard time just talking to strangers, being nice and kind. Going out of my way to be the first to smile, say hello, how are you sort of thing. I have fought this for a long time, the reason?

My mother talks to strangers and it always embarrassed me, from the earliest times I can remember it until now. Maybe it was the fact she would tell embarrassing things about me to strangers. Maybe it was because I saw the looks on the people faces behind my mothers back.

Anyway, on Monday, I resolved to talk to people.

1. the young guy at grocery store standing outside looking a bit forlorn, I said Hi, how are you today?.

2. Asked the girl with the crutches and cast on her foot at the craft store what happened to her foot. Of course that led into a conversation about my foot and how it was broken. (she broke hers doing gymnastics)

3. a woman in line before me was buying at least 600 t-shirts, they all had the security tags on them and it was taking some time. So I asked her what she was buying them for and I dropped my stuff and started helping the cashier take off the tags while she rang up. She was buying the t-shirts to send to Mexico for poor kids and we then talked about sending bibles to foreign countries.  She thanked me for the help and I told her ‘bless you’.

My son was with me during all these exchanges and I asked him what he thought. He was ok with all of them except asking the girl about the foot, because I mentioned that he and I were wrestling when it happened to me. (Did I mention the girl was about my sons age, kinda cute, too) 😉

So, it’s pretty painful for me to get out of my comfort zone, so to speak. I’d much rather just hang my head, not get in anybodies way and go about my business of the day.

Is this how Jesus is telling us how to live?

What is your sin of omission?

Blessings, The Home Engineer