In the Book of Proverbs God poignantly underscores the harm associated with laziness. Even the word translated in our Bibles to describe such people carries a stinging admonition. God calls us “sluggards” when we fall into patterns of being undisciplined, idle or unduly lethargic. “That’s not me” we may be quick to say, but Proverbs insightfully points out that it is hard for “the sluggard” to see his own problem. One reason is because “the sluggard” is a master of excuses. When we’re lazy we can make up millions of reasons for not doing what we know we should (Pr.22:13; 26:13). Add to that “the sluggard” is said to be “wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer discreetly” (Pr.26:16). Pride often keeps us from admitting that we have settled for an undisciplined lifestyle. When laziness is true of us, God wants us to own it (Pr.6:9). He would have us see that many of the unpleasant circumstances in our lives are no one’s fault but our own (Pr.15:19). May God, in his grace, create in us a spirit like that of his Son. May we be known for our discipline, diligence and willingness to do our “work with all of our hearts, as working for the Lord” (Col.3:23).
-- Pastor Mike
Relationships make up the fabric of our daily lives between family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. But there is no relationship as vital as the one that exists between us and our Maker. Apart from this divine relationship, we can never be satisfied. The longing we experience deep in our souls is evidence for the fact that we were created by God to enjoy Him and know Him. Tragically, this relationship was severed when sin entered the world. And yet, that God-shaped hole in our hearts is aching to be filled. That’s where Jesus comes in. Through His sacrifice, not only were we declared innocent of our sin, the possibility for relationship with God was restored: “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus … let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith” (Hebrews 10:19, 22).
Nothing in life is more important than cultivating a deep, personal relationship with God. It is my sincere prayer that you are growing every day in your walk with Him, and that you find Focal Point an encouragement to you in the journey. As your relationship with God grows and develops, thank you for joining me in pointing others toward the satisfaction that is found only in Jesus. This month at Focal Point, we have selected the 5-part CD series from Hebrews 10 called A Closer Relationship with God: Getting Motivated to Deepen Our Walk with God as a way of saying thank you for your gift of any amount to the ministry.
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