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Leading an Undisciplined Life

December 14, 2014

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Leading  an Undisciplined  Life

In trying  to train  our young puppy  to be obedient,  I often tell him,  “Nothing in life  is free.”     He needs  to work  for his food,  treats,  and toys.     His work is  to obey our commands  to heel,  lay down,  stay,  sit,  come,  off,  no chew,  get Daddy’s shoes,  etc.      Every  good thing  that we have  in this life  has come  at a price  to someone.     Therefore,  it is only right  to have  a grateful heart  that is gladly willing  to work  in return  for all the good  we receive.

Our very best example  of working  for good  is God Almighty,  Himself.     All of creation  is an awesome witness  of God’s work  of love  to benefit us.     And,  to top that  is God’s work  of our salvation  through faith  in Christ Jesus.    That is a real work  of love.     Psalm 111:3  tells us,

Splendid  and majestic  is His work,
And His righteousness  endures forever.

Because God’s work  of love  in Jesus  is so marvelous,  each of His children should be lovingly  imitating Him  with their diligent works  of love.     But sadly,  Proverbs 21:25  has to say,

The desire  of the sluggard  puts him  to death,
For his hands  refuse  to work.

Some  simply are not thankful  for what they have  in life.     They  “refuse to work”  and arrogantly  imagine  that hard working people  should feel obligated  to supply  all their needs.     They have no love  or care  for others.     Even in the early church,  the apostle Paul  had to report  in 2 Thessalonians 3:11,

… for we hear  that some  among you  are leading  an undisciplined lifedoing no work  at all,  but acting  like busybodies.

What a sad testimony  for those claiming  to be Christians.     They greedily  want  whatever freebies  they can get  from their fellow Christians,  but refuse  to work  —  and became trouble makers  and “busybodies”,  getting into places  they have no business  being.     Their laziness  causes discord  in the community  as the honest,  hard-working people  see  that they are being taken advantage of  by those  “leading  an undisciplined life”.     That is why  Proverbs 18:9  has to point out  to us,

He also  who is slack  in his work
Is brother  to him  who destroys.

Wanting a free ride  through this life eventually  “destroys”  all that is good,  honest,  and loving.     So,  God does not approve  of anyone  who imagines  it is okay  to be lazy,  dishonest,  lawless,  and to take advantage  of the goodness  of hard-working people.     Paul admonishes  all Christians  in Colossians 3:23,

Whatever you do,  do your work heartily,  as for the Lord  rather than  for men.

Our hard work  is to glorify God  our Savior every day  of our lives  —  and it is  to be done  “heartily”  with an honest love.     God works faithfully  to meet our needs  —  but no one  will ever  be allowed  to take advantage  of Him,  because He is also our righteous,  eternal Judge.

In the joy  of honestly serving  our Savior,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for the work  You give us  to do  to Your glory.     It is an immense honor  to serve you  in love.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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