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Being Diligent
8/6/2013

Not lagging in diligence… Romans 12:11 (NKJV)

In the book of Romans we are instructed to be diligent.  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 we have been given the gift of helps, then we need to help with the utmost effort we can give and we are to do it cheerfully.  If we have been given the gift of teaching, then we should do it with grace, with love, and again we should be doing it cheerfully, as if unto the Lord Himself.

As already stated, the word, diligence refers to haste, implying 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 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 this practically mean to us as Christian believers?

It means 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.  Our time here on Earth is only for a very short time—it is but a vapor (Ps. 39:5).  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 choose to be diligent in serving our Lord and 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 diligently as unto the Lord. 

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: Let’s look for opportunities to serve the Body of Christ.  Let’s seek God to show us and to empower us to use our gifts, abilities, and every resource for the kingdom.

LET’S PRAY:  Father, thank You for allowing us to serve in ministry.  Thank You for giving us the abilities and opportunities.  Help us today to know where to serve, and what to do.  We pray for Your power and Your wisdom to serve others.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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