Day 11: Crosstown Campus

Did you know that there is something that can come like a quiet thief and steal absolutely everything that you’ve ever worked for, everything that you have hoped for and can leave you with absolutely nothing? It’s not the devil, and it’s not God.

You lazy fool, look at an ant. Watch it closely; let it teach you a thing or two. Nobody has to tell it what to do. All summer it stores up food; at harvest it stockpiles provisions.  So, how long are you going to laze around doing nothing? How long before you get out of bed? A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there, sit back, take it easy – do you know what comes next? Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor life, poverty your permanent houseguest! ( Proverbs 6:6-11)

You know what can steal everything? Laziness; your own inability to make yourself get up and do something. The Bible says that an ant stores up food in the summer. A lot of people, who, when they are in a “summer season” of life, in other words an “easy season”, slack off. Now of course there’s a time for rest, a Sabbath, and vacations are necessary, but apart from that, get to work, get up, because if you don’t, the Bible says that the result is poverty and it will be your permanent houseguest, something you’ll never get rid of as long as you are lazy. I’ve often said, “Isn’t it funny how the harder I’ve worked, the more blessed I seem to have become?”

Hard work always pays off, mere talk puts no bread on the table. (Proverbs 14:23)

My heart and my hope for you is that this will positively inspire and encourage you today. Can I encourage you that if you are in a “lazy season” or, maybe you’re self-aware enough to know that you’ll default to laziness, then give yourself a kick in the rear end. Get up, get going, don’t take a nap, and don’t take it easy… remember the ant.

Prayer points:

  • Pray for an expanded vision to reach more people for Jesus.
  • Pray for an increased heart for Global Missions.
  • Pray for intentional discipleship to happen effectively through relationships.

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