Go To The Ant

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Wisdom - Proverbs 6:6-11 - Go To The Ant - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Wisdom – Proverbs 6:6-11 – Go To The Ant – Growing As Disciples

Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest– and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man. Proverbs 6:6-11 (NIV)  

Sluggard

Do you know what a sluggard is? I thought you might ask me that so I quickly looked it up. A sluggard is a slow and lazy person. That’s right. You do know that I have given you many gifts, talents and abilities? Yes, I know that you have richly blessed my life. I’m glad you chose that word. What word? You used the word blessed. I have richly blessed your life. Why do you think I have richly blessed your life? Why do you think I have given you so many gifts, talents and abilities? What do you think I might expect of you since I have richly blessed your life with so many gifts, talents and abilities? I’m pretty sure that you expect me to use my gifts, talents and abilities to bless the lives of others. You don’t want anything you have given to me to go to waste. You don’t want any of the gifts, talents and abilities that you have given to me to be unused. That’s right. You don’t want me to be slow to serve you. You don’t want me to be lazy in doing the work that you have given me to do for you. That’s also right.

There will come a day in the not too distant future when I will ask you what you did with what I gave you. I will want you to tell me how you used your gifts, talents and abilities to serve me. I will want you to tell me how you have worked hard to serve me. I will want you to tell me how you have blessed the lives of others with the blessings that I have given to you. That day should be filled with joy. On that day we should be able to celebrate how I have worked in and through your life as you have worked hard to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. On that day there is something that I know you want to hear. Yes, there is. What will you want to hear from me on that day? I will want to hear you say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” So what will you do now with your life? I will not be slow. I will not be lazy. I will not be a sluggard. I will be filled with joy as I work hard to serve you. I will use all the gifts, talents and abilities that you have given to bless the lives of others. That will be very good.

Lord, I do not want to be lazy in this life. I want work hard and use all the gifts, talents, and abilities you have given to me to serve you. Show me where and how I can best serve you and others in hard work that you give me to do. Amen

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The Word God Which Is At Work In You

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - God's Word - 1 Thessalonians 2-13 - The Word God Which Is At Work In You - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God’s Word – 1 Thessalonians 2-13 – The Word God Which Is At Work In You – Growing As Disciples

And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe. 1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NIV)

Receive My Word

Why is my word worthy to receive into your life? You are God. I am not. Your thoughts are so much higher than mine. You are all wise and powerful. I am not. You know the future. I do not. You made me. You know what is best for me. I do not. You know the direction I should walk in life. I do not. I desperately need all your guidance. I want all your help. You are ready, willing and able to help me. Yes, I am. That is why your word is worthy to receive into my life.

Will you receive my word into your life? Your word is more valuable to me than silver or gold. I will prize your word. I will pursue your word. I will hunger and thirst for your word. I will listen attentively to all that you have to say to me. I will meditate on your word. I will memorize your word. I will hide your word in my heart. I will keep your word on my mind. I will pray your word. I will declare your word. I will claim your word. I will hold on to your word. I will put your word into practice in all that I think, say and do. I will let your word guide the course of my life as I love, follow and serve you. Yes, you will. That is how I will receive your word into my life.

What has my word done in you as you have received it in your life? Your word has revived me. Your word has refreshed me. Your word has strengthened me. You have used your word to change my heart. You have used your word to transform my mind. Your word has allowed me to think your thoughts. You word has strengthened me to walk in your ways. You word has been like a sword to fight in me, with me and for me. You word has made me able to stand against evil. Your word has made me able to resist temptation. It has been my delight to hear you speaking to me in and through your word. It has been my joy to meet with you in your word. Your word has taught me. Your word has trained me. Your word has molded and helped my life. Your word has helped me to be a witness for you in the world. In every way you are using your word to make me more like you. Yes, I am. This is what your word has done for me as I have received it into my life. My work will continue in you as you receive my word into your life.

Lord, I believe in your word. I enthusiastically welcome your word into my life. I will meditate on and memorize your word. I will put your word into practice. Use your word to change my heart and transform my mind. Guide all I think, say and do by your word. Amen

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