Topic: Diligence Is Required To Be An Instrument Of The Lord.
“Not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord”
Romans 12:11 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Romans 12:11 (MSG) — 11 Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.
Romans 12:11 (NIV) — 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
Romans 12:11 (NLT) — 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically
Thoughts of Devotion:
To be an instrument of the Lord it will require of us to be diligent. The spiritual dilemma of slothfulness has a solution. We can ask ourselves, what is being diligence in the light of the Bible? Without having to go to a dictionary, I discovered that some versions of scriptures bring us more clarity as we substitute the word diligence for “working with dedication” , “unattainable requests” , “don’t back out in activities” . For a moment think and meditate, how much of this describes you? This needs to be our goal and challenge daily. God desires for our life to be marked by diligence in everything, especially in the work of the Lord.
Let’s understand that the work of the Lord suffers today more than ever because we lack people marked by diligence. Even at times a person may possess an extraordinary talent, personal charisma, and even a great calling, but when we look at their life they are lacking a very important ingredient, diligence! I believe and have a firm conviction this morning that God is looking for men and women that will be diligent in his work. We can so much more if we had believers, workers, and leaders marked by diligence.
On the contrary, I have observed how sad it is when we see that there is laziness and comfort in the life of many workers of the Lord. Workers lacking diligence paralyze the work of the Lord; this in my opinion is one of the mayor issues why the work of the Lord doesn’t advance with momentum and has success. I am reminded of the words of Jesus when he told his disciples, “Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” (Matthew 9:37-38).
Let’s pray that we may be those diligent workers that God desires to raise up for the great harvest that we have in these last days. Let our cry be that when the Lord returns for his church, he may find us laboring diligently in his work. Let’s rise this morning with new strength and encouragement in our hearts. Making a commitment to abandon slothfulness and be more diligent with what the Lord has given us.
1 Chronicles 22:16 (NKJV) — 16 Of gold and silver and bronze and iron there is no limit. Arise and begin working, and the Lord be with you.”
Nehemiah 4:6 (NKJV) — 6 So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.
Proverbs 10:26 (NKJV) — 26 As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, So is the lazy man to those who send him.
Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NKJV) — 10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.
Jeremiah 48:10 (NKJV) — 10 Cursed is he who does the work of the Lord deceitfully, And cursed is he who keeps back his sword from
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