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“So we urged Titus that as he had previously made a beginning, so he would also complete in you this gracious work as well.   But just as you abound in everything, in faith and utterance and knowledge and in all earnestness and in the love we inspired in you, see that you abound in this gracious work also” (2 Corinthians 8:6-7).

We were made to work.  We have been called in the goodness of God to live a life that is active.  Do we not lament if we are unable to do anything?  Do we not look for things to do?  Even the lazy work at avoiding work.  Live into the life for which You were created and work as the Lord gives you work to do.  Learning obedience is a call of the Lord.  And obedience to everything He commands is what He requires.

Lord, this is a crazy world and I think of all kinds of reasons why I do not want to do this or that.  Help me instead simply do what You give me to do.  Teach me how to live the new life for which I have been created.  Guide me in Your goodness to be the kind of person You know I will be eternally.  Let me not shirk the challenges You place before me, nor wander in meaningless activities.

Lord Jesus, with great purpose You walk the earth and accomplished what was needed for our salvation.  Guide me, Lord, in the way of truth that I may grow each day a little more firm in this truth You have revealed.  Let me not be hindered by this world’s temptations, but live into the life for which I have been created.  Guide me, O Lord, and I will follow You all the days of my life.  Amen.

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