2 Chronicles 29:11 Don’t Be Negligent

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My sons, do not be negligent now, for the LORD has chosen you to stand before him and serve him, to minister before him and to burn incense. 2 Chronicles 29:11 

Negligence can happen very easily if one is not paying attention to all the details. It is looking closely at what one is doing that can prevent negligence.

Often people get busy with life or are just lazy and don’t want to do it, but leave something undone that needs to be done. They begin to neglect repairs and upgrades to something. If left untouched for long enough, it will break down and become worthless.

If one neglects to put fuel in a car, the car will run out of fuel and shut down in the middle of nowhere. If one neglects eat or drink, he will get weak and fall down.

Hezekiah had become king of Judah and was leading the people back to God. He told the Levites to work on restoring the temple. In the process, he told them to not be negligent in their work, because that is what God had chosen them to do. They were to stand before Him and serve Him.

Although most believers do not have the title of priest, every believer is called to stand before God and serve Him. The manner in which each person serves is different, but it is still serving. It is doing what God wants each person to do, to the best of his ability.

When a believer becomes negligent in standing before God, he begins to allow sin back into his life. He begins to forget what God has called him to do. He forgets the ways of God.

When a believer becomes negligent in serving God, he begins to live for the world. He begins to stop being the witness God has called him to be.

Take time today to look at your life and what God has called you to be and do. Are you paying attention to the little details in your life?

Take time to spend time with God each day, and even throughout the day. Put God and His mission as first priority in your life. You were called to stand before and serve God. The best way to serve God is to be His witness for Jesus and to make disciples everywhere you go.

Don’t be negligent in your duties today.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the work God has called you to do; that you will stand before God daily; that you will serve God faithfully; and that you will not neglect what God has for you.

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1 Corinthians 4:2 Prove Yourself Faithful

 

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Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2

It is very common for a person to be given a trust. This is the control of something, or ability to make choices regarding something. A common place of trust is in someone’s assets and or business in the event of a death. The person is given control of everything the person owns to deal with in a correct manner. The one who has been given the trust is expected to make choices in behalf of the original maker of the trust.

When a person is given the trust, there must be a certain amount of trust in that person. He is given an extreme level of power over the assets of someone’s materials. There have been many times when the person given the trust, has not proven himself faithful. They take the money and materials and do something with it for themselves and not as expected.

There are many who have done this and were caught and charged for theft. They were dishonest and unfaithful. In the end, they often end up with a large fine and time spent in jail for their theft or failure to handle the trust correctly.

Believers are also given a trust, some assets of extreme high value that need to be dealt with correctly. Every believer has been given the message of the salvation that Jesus provides for every person. They have been given God’s word to pass on to every other person on this earth.

As God has given His message and word to the believer, He expects that person to prove faithful with that message. There are many who are not faithful with the message and hoard it to themselves or use it against others, condemning them.

To use God’s message faithfully, means to live by that message and share it with others. God did not give His message of salvation for one person only, but to be shared and distributed to every person. He wants everyone to be saved.

God has trusted you with His message to this world. You have believed in Jesus and are being saved. Now what are you doing with that message?

Are you proving yourself faithful with the message? This is sharing it with everyone you meet in love and concern for the person.

Or are you hoarding it only to yourself?

I pray today that you know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will share the message of Jesus the world; that you will be found faithful with God’s message He has trusted you with; and that many will believe in Jesus because of the message you share.