Your daily devotional by Dag Heward-Mills (22nd June, 2015)

Posted: June 22, 2015 in Advice, Bible, Bible Commentary, Christianity, Devotional, Prayer, Quiet Time, Religion, Words Of Wisdom, Worship

June 22, 2015

LAZINESS

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Proverbs 26:12-16

Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord…

Romans 12:11

The lazy Christian is full of amazing excuses. He would say he couldn’t leave his bed because of an imaginary lion in the street (Proverbs 22:13). Such a person will not amount to much because anyone who wants to be successful must be prepared to work hard!

In the third year of my medical schooling I earned a distinction. In preparation for that exam, I didn’t sleep in the night for six weeks. I only slept in the afternoons between 2p.m. and 6p.m. Then from 6p.m. till the next day at 2p.m., I would stay awake.

I would go for long walks, memorizing and retaining some of the course material. I remember walking up and down in the “R” Block (the blocks had names) of the medical students’ hostel, memorizing all sorts of information about worms, flies, and insects. When other students were asleep, I was walking behind their rooms memorizing things about worms, crabs, scorpions and every other creature I had to learn about.

When you see somebody succeeding as a Christian, or doing well in any sphere, he must be working hard! “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men” (Proverbs 22:29).

All those who are doing well are not magically blessed; their success comes out of working very hard. In the same way, those who are not leaving their faith are not just miraculously staying on course. They are working hard at their Christian lives!

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