Combating sluggishness

When Jesus made disciples, he taught, then tested. They often understood, but as often did not. This would sometimes draw one of my favorite (and frequent) responses. “How long will I be with you?” Well, the answer is: long enough. He disciples them for the appointed time. They didn’t seem quite ready but Jesus sent the Holy Spirit who entered and empowered them. The Father’s great plan was working.

Now we come to today and our own responsibility to be and make disciples. On the M’Cheyne train this morning I read this text:

“The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.” (Proverbs‬ ‭13:4‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

I read it, looked back at it and read it again. It occurred to me that this verse has a direct application to being a growing disciple.

When I act as a spiritual sluggard, I do the least I can get by with. I see time with God as a law, a rule, something I should get done. My heart is seldom filled and my attitudes are worse than ever.

I am reminded that when I am diligent in my spiritual development, I find myself going to bed looking forward to soaking in God’s word when I get up. I enjoy my conversation with Him because I’m taking the time with him (yes, I must sacrifice some sleep, but, eh). The result is that I am supplied for the day and cope better with everyday struggles.

“The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.” (Proverbs‬ ‭13:4‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

Oh, that I would receive Grace to crave a deeper relationship with God and to choose diligence.

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