July 16, 2017

July 16, 2017


Focus Verse: Poor is he who works with a negligent hand,
But the hand of the diligent makes rich.
He who gathers in summer is a son who acts wisely,
But he who sleeps in harvest is a son who acts shamefully.
Proverbs 10:4-5


I want to make something very clear from the start here: we cannot earn our salvation. So what I am talking about today has nothing to do with salvation. We all clear on that? Good! Let’s proceed.


I kind of lied. This does have to do with salvation, but not earning it. The danger that we can fall into when it comes to talking about not having to work for our salvation is that we often use that as a crutch to be lazy Christ followers. You can see it far too often in far too many churches – people who profess Jesus as their Lord and Savior but don’t do any of the things that He teaches. Now I’m not talking about avoiding sin, I’m talking about DOING the things that He has told us to DO.


Christ tells us to GO and disciple the nations. Now don’t confuse this, the country you are living in right now is a nation. Disciple someone in it! Go reach out to someone in your neighborhood who doesn’t know Jesus. Go help the poor. Micah 6:8 tells us that the Lord requires us to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with our God. These are all action steps. And I cannot believe that God wants us to do these things half-heartedly.


Here’s the deal: as followers of Jesus Christ, we ought to work harder than anyone else on the planet. Not because we need to be saved, but because we ARE SAVED! We, if we are truly walking with Christ, know the most amazing love of the Creator who became part of His creation. This is the most humbling news on the planet. The God of all things died for me. This ought to push us to work tirelessly to obey His commands to us and see to it that His kingdom of love is advanced according to His perfect will.


What camp would you put yourself in? The one who sleeps in harvest or the one who gathers much?

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