Diligent – Intentional and Deliberate

Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it springs the issues of life.

Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you.

Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you.

Ponder the path of your feet, And let your ways be established.

Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil.

Proverbs 4:23-27

This passage clearly shows us what is necessary to remain holy and righteous.

This is not talking about some “stroll in the park”, but, rather a deliberate, intentional trek from point A (where we are – sinful man redeemed by Holy God) to point B (perfect communion with our God and Father).  There’s a huge difference!

The Bible would not tell us over and over to “be diligent” or to “be holy” if this was not God’s plan for us.  We’ve simply become accustomed to “accepting” and “settling” so much less than we are called to.

We need to wake up and smell the coffee here.

We, as Christians are missing out on so much because we are settling for so little! 

We are missing out on the blessing that living a holy life produce.

We are missing out on the integrity that is needed to be effective witnesses.

We are missing out on the fulfilment of the mission we’ve been given.

We are missing out on seeing the very hand of God work in and through our lives.

All because we don’t want to surrender to the One Who is worthy of our everything!

This passage brings to mind the song:

Be careful little eyes what you see…

Be careful little hands what you do…

Be careful little ears what you hear…

Be careful little feet where you go…

There’s a Father up above, and He’s looking down in love…

If we would but live like we believe the Father is looking, oh how different we would be!

1 Comment »

  1. Oh, how so very true. We are to busy to take the time to realize the awesome God that we serve and that he will always be there for us even when we fall so short.

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