Do not let the wrong current pull you away.
If you’ve ever fought the current, you’ll know that calm waters may hide an approaching storm. On the surface, the water may seem kind, but when it is pulling you down, the danger of losing the fight becomes overwhelmingly real.
In the deceptive waters of our day, a diligent spirit prevents us from drifting away.
“Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children—“ Deuteronomy 4:9 (ESV)
HOW TO SAIL THE SHIP OF DILIGENCE
- Do not straddle two boats
“The people of Israel mingle with godless foreigners, making themselves as worthless as a half-baked cake!” Hosea 7:8 (NLT)
To be half-baked is to be half-hearted. And if others eat a half-baked cake, they get sick!It is a great temptation to be half-baked – partly living in the Word and partly in the world. The Chinese have a phrase used to represent infidelity that applies here too:一脚踏两船 (literally: to straddle two boats). You may think that you have the best of both worlds, but if you straddle two boats long enough, you will eventually fall into the water!
- Leave no room for anything less
What are you filling the vessel of your life with? Our preparation is an indicator of our priorities. Are we preparing for the kingdom of God or are we preparing for our own kingdom that we have built with our hands? In our journey we might have unwittingly picked up some stowaways – complacency, apathy, slothfulness worldliness. All these weigh down our journey to do the will of God.
- Keep rowing your boat
“If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your healer.” Exodus 15:26 (ESV)
A diligent spirit will preserve you. Be diligent in hearing the voice of God and in doing what is right in God’s sight. The fight of faith requires effort! Keep rowing your boat!
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE ABANDON THE SHIP
We drift. Drifting is easy. It requires no effort. It is an unconscious process. The danger is that we allow the current to be in control, to takes us where it wills. It can carry you away till you lose sight of your port of call.
Signs of Drifting
- Is my desire to study God’s word and pray diminishing?
- Is my attendance regular in the house of the Lord?
- Is my desire to be with GOD’S PEOPLE not what it has been in the past?
- Have I lost my desire to save those who are lost?
- Am I more in love with the things of the world than of the spiritual?
GET ON BOARD
"Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled." Hebrews 12:15 (ESV)
"But without faith it is impossible to please him:for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." Hebrews 11:6 (ESV)
Watch out for the undercurrent, a lack of diligence can cause us to lose what we have received but a spirit of diligence can cause us to find what we have lost. Once you have gained momentum, you can leave the wrong current behind.
Keep rowing the boat! Expect to go against the tide. Above all be rooted and grounded in Jesus – the anchor of our soul.