Nothing will work unless you do.
– Maya Angelou
Have you ever wondered what keeps people back from accomplishing all that can be done by one particular person. Why does laziness fester into our spirits and don’t allow us to push forward to what God wants us to do? How will we ever know our full potential if we just slip into one day and another without any real value to life?
II Thessalonians 3:10-15 (AMP)
10For while we were yet with you, we gave you this rule and charge: If anyone will not work, neither let him eat. 11Indeed, we hear that some among you are disorderly [that they are passing their lives in idleness, neglectful of duty], being busy with other people’s affairs instead of their own and doing no work. 12Now we charge and exhort such persons [as ministers in Him exhorting those] in the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) that they work in quietness and earn their own food and other necessities. 13And as for you, brethren, do not become weary or lose heart in doing right [but continue in well-doing without weakening]. 14But if anyone [in the church] refuses to obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person and do not associate with him, so that he may be ashamed. 15Do not regard him as an enemy, but simply admonish and warn him as [being still] a brother.
How do we prioritize our life around the Lord instead of around circumstances? How do we stand firm and do all that the Lord has called us out to do instead of breezing through the wind and allowing the pressures of life to control where we stand today?
Let’s suppose you’re invited by a friend to attend a gathering at a person’s house that you don’t know. You go to the gathering, meet people, and maybe exchange numbers or email. Contact is made with someone from that gathering and you eventually grow a nice friendship. The relationship grows and that person becomes a life-long friend. You both have invested time and energy into the relationship.
This is exactly the same process we need to accomplish with Jesus; Invest in your relationship with the Lord. Jesus can be the best friend you’ll ever have if you spend time with him. We can read about Him and learn His character. We can walk and talk with Him as He guides us through many facets of our life. The longer we spend time with Him, the more of Jesus you will know and love.
I had the opportunity to be in Manhattan, NY, at 4am. As we were driving through the streets, we could see bakeries take out their freshly baked goods, store workers receiving their deliveries for the day, workers cleaning their sidewalks and scrubbing hard on the pavement to get all the grind out from the day before. Moving food stands preparing their spot to receive the many people who would walk by them throughout the day. It was amazing to watch all the preparation that was made to begin the day. Many of us are sleeping at this time, but there are those who are busily working hard.
I recall asking myself, “Wouldn’t it be nice to see people working just as hard for the Kingdom of the Lord?”
Matthew 22:14 (KJV)
For many are called, but few are chosen.
As we look at our own life, does it show that we’re honoring the Lord in what we do? Or are we running a race that goes nowhere? Don’t we want to confirm that our soul is sealed and that one day we’ll see our Lord in Heaven? But how do we confirm it, if we really don’t know Him.
John 10:27 (AMP)
The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me.
Many believe that by attending weekly service, busying ourselves in church activities, and doing good deeds will guarantee the entrance to Heaven. Doing all this and not growing in Jesus will not get us into Heaven, but will short change us of salvation altogether.
Please don’t be fooled by the enemy who has us thinking that this is the way; It’s far off from the truth. Turn from these ways and run after Jesus with all you got and bask in His presence as He shows you the Truth.
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