Profit of a well-spent life (1)
The Almighty God wants us to be diligent in order to lead a well-spent life. Diligence makes life happy and profitable. A well-spent life is well organised in every area and brings a positive, productive, rewarding fruit here on earth and in the great beyond. On the contrary, negligence is wasteful and unprofitable.
Negligence in essential matters of life like salvation, holiness, consistent walk with God, fruitfulness in the Lord, marriage, family welfare, profession, health issues and spiritual activity, calling and commission will lead to painful regrets. Negligence results from procrastination, habitual delays, imaginary fears, bad association, wrong influence, cheap distracting pleasures, thoughtless, carelessness, misplaced priorities and spiritual blindness.
Anyone that is negligent will not be able to achieve anything worthwhile or of much value in life. To hit a mark in life, we must make up our minds to be diligent in whatever we do for God, ourselves, families and profession, just like Moses, Joshua and David who diligently lived well-spent lifestyle that impacted their generations. Therefore, “give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.”
God’s promise to the diligent who seek Him with the whole strength, mind, focus and concentration is both exclusive and extensive. Everyone who desires to bear fruit and fulfill the purpose of his creation, reconciliation with God and salvation from sin must understand that “without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). There is no promise for those who half-heartedly, occasionally and seasonally seek the Lord.
Connection with God is the most important thing on earth. Therefore, repentance and faith in Christ’s finished work at Calvary is the best decision anyone can take at the moment. One who seeks the Lord for salvation and further obtains victory over temptation and sin, enjoys the extensiveness of the promise which gives fruitfulness, holiness, sanctification, Holy Ghost power, “all things that pertain unto life and godliness” and a glorious destiny in heaven.
The key to a successful, profitable, happy, hopeful, brighter, wider, self-sufficient and self-reliant life to the maximum is being diligent. If you have lost your fervency, zeal, faith, courage and boldness, you need to seek them diligently and not haphazardly, half-heartedly, occasionally or seasonally. Only diligence will make life amount to something wonderful. It is painful that many people who come to church do not “hearken diligently.” Thus, they miss the word, sentence, prophetic utterance or key that should open the door of abundant life for them.
Diligent people “seek him with the whole heart.” They come to God with everything they have and seek Him with all their strength and faith. They put aside those things that hinder communication, fellowship and relationship with the Lord because negligence cuts short joy and happiness. To enjoy the promise, we must diligently search, read, understand the Word and claim the promise therein. “For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.” We will enjoy divine blessings, breakthrough and satisfaction if we seek “first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness.”
• Further reading (King James Version): Hebrews 6:11, 12; 2 Peter 1:10; 3:13,14; Hebrews 11:6; Luke 13:23,24; 15:8-10; Isaiah 55:2; Psalm 119:1-4; Proverbs 4:20-23; Matthew 6:33.
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