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06/08/2017

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Neglect Vs. Diligence


"How shall we escape if we neglect (ignore) such a great salvation?" (Heb.2:3).

"Catch, then, Oh catch the transient hour;
Improve each moment as it flies;
Life's a short summer ---- man a flower."

Samuel Johnson

As we fast forward to the judgement, the Bible has plenty to say about neglect vs. diligence. Jesus told us (Matt.7:24-27) that the wise (diligent) man built his house upon the rock, while the foolish (negligent) man built his upon the sand. We have all sung the children's song about this and know the fate of the negligent man. "For it is time for judgement to begin with the family of God; if it begins with us, what will be the outcome of those who do not obey the gospel?" (I Pet.4:17). The apostle Peter strongly infers here the destiny of those negligent folks who do not obey the truth of the gospel of salvation... If we turn to Jesus' Parable of the Talents, the inheritance of the one-talent man who hid his talent instead of trying to improve on it is explained.... "Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has 10 talents... For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. Throw that worthless servant outside into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth" (Matt.25:28-30). The one-talent man's condemnation came as a result of his neglect. We only have to go a few verses back to the Parable of the Ten virgins to again picture the condemnation of those five (5) who were negligent... Peter (II Pet.1:10) commands the Christian to be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure... The Bible is all about pressing forward, working out one's salvation and adding action to resolution. We seldom read of resolutions or intentions of the apostles, but have a whole book called The Acts Of The Apostles.... Lets all be acting, working and serving Christians, because that's the way the Lord wants us to be.... You might read over Samuel Johnson's quote today... It pretty worthwhile.

Have a great day... Let His light shine through you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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