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How long would you keep an automobile that had to be pushed everywhere it went? How much would it be worth to you? How much pleasure would you find in it? You might keep an automobile that just had to be pushed occasionally, but you would not have one for long that just could not be depended on, that would not go whenever you wanted it to go.

The Lord is no more pleased with one of His servants that continually has to be pushed than you would be with an automobile that continually has to be pushed.

God wants men of initiative and fervency of spirit. Paul taught us to be diligent, not slothful; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord.

Romans 12:9-21 ASV

(9)  Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

(10)  In love of the brethren be tenderly affectioned one to another; in honor preferring one another;

(11)  in diligence not slothful; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

(12)  rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing stedfastly in prayer;

(13)  communicating to the necessities of the saints; given to hospitality.

(14)  Bless them that persecute you; bless, and curse not.

(15)  Rejoice with them that rejoice; weep with them that weep.

(16)  Be of the same mind one toward another. Set not your mind on high things, but condescend to things that are lowly. Be not wise in your own conceits.

(17)  Render to no man evil for evil. Take thought for things honorable in the sight of all men.

(18)  If it be possible, as much as in you lieth, be at peace with all men.

(19)  Avenge not yourselves, beloved, but give place unto the wrath of God: for it is written, Vengeance belongeth unto me; I will recompense, saith the Lord.

(20)  But if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him to drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head.

(21)  Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

A man who has to be pushed continually in order to keep him in service and attending worship is not devoted to the cause. It is understandable that a newborn babe in Christ, a young convert, might need to be pushed or encouraged, but if one who has been a Christian for many years must still be pushed, he is not growing spiritually as he should. He is not spiritually mature.

 

 

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