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Time for Work

  
“So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.” Nehemiah 4:6

The people didn’t wait on the wall to miraculously build itself. They didn’t wait on someone else to come in and build it for them. They. built. it. 

Following the Lord’s will takes effort. If we are going to grow as Christians, if the kingdom of God is going to be added to then we need to get to work. 

Pray. Study. Listen. Move forward with the ministry he has put on your heart instead of trying to give it someone else. Be a responsible Christian. You, others and God’s kingdom will benefit from your work for the Lord.  

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Convenience

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Mark 14:10-11

Convenience stores…Fast food drive-thrus…escalators eliminate the inconvenience of walking up stairs…

We live in a society where we try to make everything convenient for ourselves. So much so that having to prepare an envelope to mail out a bill becomes a hassle for some people.

So my question is: has convenience led us to become an inefficient people for Christ?

Here’s what I mean: have you denied the leading of the Holy Spirit simply because it wasn’t convenient for you to do so at the time?

Within the book of Mark the Bible speaks of a man that was concerned with convenience: Judas Iscariot.

The betrayer of Jesus. The one that the devil entered into. The man that ended up taking his own life.

I encourage you to evaluate where you stand with The Lord. Are you lacking effort in your relationship with Jesus? If so I encourage you to deny your flesh the option of convenience and get to work for your Lord.

Seeing Results

Matthew 6:6

Joshua was commanded to take off his shoes because he was on holy ground.

The removing of his shoes had significance. It wasn’t just a random commandment of The Lord.

Joshua’s shoes represented the filth of the world that he had been dealing with.

The removal of the shoes teaches us that we are capable of putting all things aside and focusing completely on Jesus.

Just as Joshua was able to take off his shoes because he was on holy ground, you are able to separate yourself from the cares of this world when you commune with Jesus. Begin with prayer. Ask The Lord to change your frame of mind…to lead you…to consume your thoughts.

It will require effort to meet with Jesus fully focused on him. Just as it required effort for Joshua to remove his shoes. You may have to move to a different place. (Maybe from the work area to the kitchen table.) He may have you change the time you meet with Him. (Maybe from a nighttime reading to an early morning devotional.) Just be willing to make any changes He requires of you. The results will be well worth it.

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