Profit of a well-spent life – Part 2
Fallen man is often negligent and throws away vital parts of his life by bits and pieces. By so doing, he neglects to follow the path that will lead to a well spent, fulfilled and profitable life. He is spiritually and morally negligent. That is why there are lots of needs and confusion in his life. While some people are professionally negligent, others are thoughtlessly negligent. We must learn to use our understanding and education to become professionally efficient.
Opportunities, privileges and promises can be lost, if we are negligent. Although the rich fool had enough in secular and business life, he had nothing spiritually. “But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God” (Luke 12:20,21).
The result of negligence is moral delinquency and wasted life or living daily without improvement, growth or achievement. Also, in the life of the negligent, there is affliction and suffering, family problems, separation and divorce, bondage and oppression, perdition, backsliding and eternal punishment.
Although other things in our lives are important, “How shall we escape” weakness, impotence, incapacity and fruitlessness, if we neglect salvation, sanctification and power of the Holy Ghost? How shall we escape failure, if we neglect opportunities in our profession, family, friends and the people who can be helpful to us?
Believers who are negligent are neutral and passive, instead of being active. They stand still instead of moving forward, talk away their chances instead of teaching. They are idle, instead of being industrious, ponder instead of praying, do nothing instead of doing something, and worry instead of worshipping. We need to be diligent because negligence brings weakness, ineffectiveness, tardiness, backwardness, Luke warmness, lack of progress and eternal loss. We must beware of negligence, because those who are always at ease will eventually incur calamity
“And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that health thee” (Exodus 15:26). Diseases are not the lot of those who diligently keep God’s word and pray to Him. Thus, we must be diligent in seeking the Lord, living for, serving and obeying Him in personal and family concerns, personal commitment to others’ needs and our profession.
Besides, we must be diligent in keeping the covenant with God, the royal law and the golden rule. If we do these, we will enjoy expansive and exceptional possession on earth and in heaven. We will have all the strength, power, abilities and privileges we need, expand and become extensive, and the Lord will do the incredible in our lives.
The Lord has promised to give us new strength and vision to get to the mountaintop. Therefore, we should “be diligent to know the state of (our) flocks, and look well to (our) herds” (Proverbs 27:23). As diligent saints, we have a great responsibility to know the spiritual state of our family, children, and church members and new converts to our congregations.
Further Reading (King James Version): Hebrews 6:11, 12; 2 Peter 1:10; 3:13,14;Hebrews 2:1-3; 4:1,2; Luke 12:19-21; Jeremiah 48:11,4,13,15,16,20,25,26,36,38; Proverbs 22:29; 27:23; Exodus 15:26; Deuteronomy 28:1-13; 2 Peter 1:5-10; 3:13, 14.