Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going. Ecclesiastes 9:10
I remember growing up, hearing my parents say that if you are going to do something, to do it right. That is something that has stuck with me my entire life. As I think about it, that is something that we can take seriously in the church. Too many times we in the church get bogged down by trying to do to many things, and not doing them very well. I remember when I first came to First Church that there was an entire wing of our second floor that had second hand clothes, books and other items. It turns out that our church had a thrift store at one time. That is something that blows my mind, but seems to be to common in the Church.
Many times, as churches we want to do something that can reach everyone, so we load our calendars with activities that we genuinely hope will help us reach people and grow our church. We see it as working hard, and it usually is. The part of “work hard” that we miss, is to work hard at doing the right things. We need to work hard at what God has called us to do and use that, so we may glorify Him and see his kingdom grow. The other issue is that we can take on too many programs and stretch ourselves and our people thin, which makes us less effective. Business does not always lead to effectiveness. Do what you are called to do, and do it well, or as Ecclesiastes says, do it with all your might.