Monday, June 21, 2010

June 22 – “ . . . and Don’t Forget Your Clean Hankie!”

For the next few days, we will dissect a string of instructions that follow on the heels of the admonition of the last two days’ investigation . . . “in honor, prefer one another.”

Remember those parental indoctrinations? “NO chewing gum in bed! Brush your teeth. Don’t forget to floss! Make sure your face is clean! Do you have a clean hankie under your pillow?”

This next passage in Romans reads like that . . .

vs 10)Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor;
vs 11) not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
vs. 12) rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer,
vs. 13) contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.

Four verses . . . ten reminders. Let’s look today at verse 11 . . . “not lagging behind in diligence.”

We have said that we would relate these passages to the Beatitudes . . . which one does this call to mind? How about, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.” We have a special regard in life for those who simply “get the job done,” whether it’s keeping the house tidy and the meals succulent and on time; keeping steady at work, even without much recognition; raising the children in the fear of the Lord and the admonition and nurture He prescribes; even those who manage to appear in public with a modicum of well-coifed, neatly dressed style can attract a degree of respect.

It is time for a great big HOW MUCH MORE! How much MORE those who diligently seek the Lord . . . like you, dear Sisters. HOW MUCH MORE those who will not let the day close without having worshiped, enjoyed, entreated, and obeyed the God Who loves us.

DILIGENCE . . . it’s not just for the butcher, baker and candlestick maker. It’s for the modern monastic in search of the nearness of God.

"Every Day, Every Day, Year In, Year Out"
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