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Do Not Lag In Diligence

Do Not Lag in Diligence
25-Ways to Honor God-Number 6

The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom,  And before honor is humility. Proverbs 15:33 (NKJV)

We are looking at a series of devotionals which are revealing 25-ways to bring glory and honor to God - these are actually duties or responsibilities for every Christian. We find these 25-ways in Romans 12:9-21.  

Today we will be looking at the third of our "Family duties" as Christian men and women. These are our duties to every Christian believer that we come in contact with.  And that third duty is also our 6th way to honor God. 

6.    "Not lagging in diligence," (Rom 12 v. 11)

This word, "Lagging" is a translated word from the Greek word,
"Okneros, ok-nay-ros;" and it refers to being tardy or slothful.

So, we're not to be inactive or lazy in our Christian walk.

The word, "Diligence" is translated from the Greek word, "spoude spoo-day" which refers to eagerness, carefulness, and even haste.

So in the context of this exhortation to every Christian believer, we are to be diligent in our ministry to other believers - not lazy.
This encompasses everything we do in our Spirit led walk.  If you have been given the gift of helps, then help with the utmost effort you can give and do it cheerfully.  If you have been given the gift of teaching, then do it with grace and love, again cheerfully, as if unto the Lord Himself.

The fact that the word, "Diligence" refers to "Haste" lets us know that there is a sense of urgency - we are not to act as if we have all the time in the world.

Jesus gives us a great example of this, as He knew that His time on earth was limited, and therefore, His ability to help and share with others was limited.  Knowing this, we should take every opportunity to use our time with great efficiency.  The Book of John records Jesus' words regarding this very subject.

I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. John 9:4 (NKJV)

And the Apostle Paul echoes this very thing in Galatians.

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:10 (NKJV)

But I think the most impacting verse in Scripture regarding the use of our time is that of Solomon in Ecclesiastes.

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. Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NKJV)

Q:    What does all this mean to us as Christian believers?

A:    It means that we need to make hay while the sun is still shining - because a time is coming when we won't be able to share the Gospel message, or even shape our children's lives.

Hey Christian, our lives here on Earth are for a very short timeit is but a vapor.  We only have limited time in our physical life to do our works for God.  And then we will be gone; at which point we can never impact the lives of others for the Kingdom.  We need to walk cautiously, and wise - not as a foolish person does; because the days are evil.

There is this old saying that sums this up perfectly; "For weeds to prosper, the gardener need only leave the garden alone."

Is that true in our life?  Are we letting the weeds of the enemy take over?  Let's not lag in our diligence in serving our Lord or others in the body of Christ.  If you are not plugged in to a good Bible teaching Church, then do so.  If you are, then get plugged into ministry and start serving.  It doesn't matter whether you feel qualified or not - what matters is whether you're willing to serve others in a diligent matter.  Where God guides, God provides.  Whether it is in church or in your neighborhood or workplace, it doesn't matter - what matters is that you just get plugged in!

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn with respect to serving others in the body of Christ by the Scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you currently serving the Body of Christ?

APPLICATION: Look for opportunities to serve the Body of Christ.  Ask God to show you and to empower you to do what He has led you to do

Father, Thank You for allow me to serve in ministry.  Thank You for giving me the abilities and opportunities to continue to serve.  Help me today to know where to serve, and what to do.  I pray for Your power and Your wisdom in my serving others.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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