Beyond Doing the Work

15th JANUARY 2022

Christ for Youth International

Be enthusiastic to serve the Lord, keeping your passion toward him boiling hot! Radiate with the glow of the Holy Spirit and let him fill you with excitement as you serve him [Romans 12:11 TPT].

The book of Proverbs speaks frequently about the value of diligent work, and for good reason as well. The difference between potential disappointment or fulfilment, success and failure is often hard work. Note that laziness in the book of Proverbs is identified with unrighteousness and hunger. Yes, idle people set themselves at risk of ruin. They may survive in the present, but they are ill-prepared for the future and will not survive a crisis.

The Apostle Paul scorned laziness and advised the church in Thessalonica with the following words, “For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies” (2 Thessalonians 3:10–12).

God expects us to work enthusiastically, passionately and full of excitement both in our personal lives and when it comes to the kingdom business. God expects us to complete our work. He does not expect us to give up as soon as the going gets tough. Put an obstacle in the path of an ant, and it won’t take too long for it to find a way around it. When we are tired and overwhelmed, God prompts us that we have the Holy Spirit, who strengthens our shoulders so that we can carry on and finish every task given to us on time and without any hindrances.

As believers, we must realise that there is a lot of work to be done, although this does not mean we have to do every work. However, whichever work is given to you, be mindful of how you do it. And you must stop at nothing until it is done. The promptings of the Holy Ghost must always steer you to be better. As you are open for glorious things this year, remember you need not be lazy and when you work, be mindful of how you do it; enthusiastically, passionately and full of excitement.

Heavenly Father, thank you for teaching me the story of the ant. Help me to be diligent, hard-working, and efficient in all my works so that I may produce excellent results that will glorify you. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

Further Reading: Hebrews 6:12

Prophetic Declaration: Psalms 91

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Bible In One Year Update

Once again we are reading through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, just as we did the previous year. The goal of this isn’t to replace your Quiet Time but to help you in your Christian journey. Doing this on your own may be difficult, so we have decided to do this together.

We have created a platform on WhatsApp where updates will be posted on the chapters we’re reading for the day. We will also have to send a summary of each chapter to this page when we are done.

We officially start on Monday, 17th January.

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Daily devotional of Christ for Youth International (CYI)