Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
September 15 Scripture Selection: Proverbs 26
Food for Thought: Prov. 26:13-16
God has given us twenty-four hours in a day as a precious gift, and He desires that we gain as much as possible out of the time carved out for the benefit of ourselves and others, and for His glory. Love is at the root of it all. That is why laziness as a life-style is so wrong. It’s not loving. It’s selfish. And it is completely contrary to Who God is (I John 4:8).
Laziness and selfishness have been an issue throughout history. The apostle Paul dealt with it in II Thessalonians 3:10-12 because some began to take advantage of the generous hearts and daily fellowship with others. He said, “For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread.”
When love is our motive, we will never be accused of laziness or of having a lack of motivation. We don’t work—speaking in physical or spiritual terms—to get rich, to impress, to earn points with God, to prove our spirituality, or to become righteous. Rather, we use our God-given talents, energy, and time so that our lives are a blessing to others, including our nation. And that is truly a joy.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
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Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
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