Laziness & Living productive lives

October 31, 2013 by  
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Titus 3:14-15   Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives. Everyone with me sends you greetings. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. (NIV)

Paul's letter to TitusLaziness is easy.
It does not require any effort or thought. However, unoccupied hands and undisciplined minds invite Satan to tempt us to wickedness.

It was apparently a problem in Crete where laziness was part of the national character (Titus 1:12) and therefore Paul instructed that the new Christians should learn a new way of life allowing no space for Satan to work.

At the same time, by doing what was good and right, they would earn their own living, provide for their families, and be good examples to the church.
In the same way that uncultivated agricultural land loses its nutrients over a period of time so that it is useless in the long term, so Christians who do not discipline themselves to do good each day cannot serve the interests of God’s Kingdom. Of course we all need encouragement.

Paul's & TitusPaul’s letter to Titus concludes with greetings from his ministry team as well – they all wanted the new believers to be useful to God. And Paul especially wanted to encourage those he had led to Christ; it was important that they should not slip back into old ways.
Changing our hearts to want a new lifestyle is only possible through God’s grace. He takes the initiative to reach out to us.

As we respond, He fills us with His Holy Spirit giving us spiritual gifts to enable us to work productively in His Kingdom. For most of us that productive work takes place in the context of our employment, enabling us to be a blessing to our families and local communities.

Our workplace is therefore more than just a source of personal revenue, but part of God’s purpose. He knows that work is good for us, however hard it may be.

And as we work, embracing the challenges, He is at work inside us, to change us to be more like Him and to strengthen us so that our lives will not be unproductive.

Prayer for the day :

Dear Lord God.

Family prayerThank You for giving me each new day so that I can work for You. Forgive me when I succumb to laziness and lose my motivation.

Help me to see the importance of being productive every day. If I am working for others, may I do so cheerfully as unto You.

If I have no earthly master, please direct me so that I may fill each day wisely in a way which pleases You, meeting the needs of those around me.

May I see my workplace as Your gift to me, through which You will change me and use me to be a blessing to others.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

– fwd: vc mathews

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