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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Today's Verse : 1 Timothy 4:15-16


April 15, 2012

Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so
that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine
closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both
yourself and your hearers.
-- 1 Timothy 4:15-16

"Be diligent!" That's not a phrase you hear much about these
days. We want things to come easily. Sweat in the world of
pseudo-faith is frowned upon. But, Paul wanted Timothy (and us) to
know that maturity in Christ requires genuine effort. Having a
redemptive influence on others is hard work. While it is God's
power that transforms, our effort is also required. God gives us
the assurance that this effort will not only bear fruit in our own
lives, but it will also lead others to salvation as well.

Abba Father, please stir my confidence, courage, diligence, and
determination so that the salvation you have blessed me with can be
shared with others because of my life, my teaching, and my example.
In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

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