Wednesday February 20, 2008
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
"Using God’s Gift"

When God created you, He blessed you with talents and abilities, talents and abilities that He anticipated you will use. Ask yourself, am I using what God has given me? God knows your capabilities and by applying yourself, you show your appreciation. This matter requires a diligent approach as you begin reading God’s views in Proverbs 13:4 KJV:

The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

God introduces you to a sluggard. A sluggard is someone who wants much and has nothing. Perhaps you have crossed paths with one, recognizing them is not difficult as they place a high priority on excuses while, at the same time, avoiding work. God continues His description in Proverbs 20:4 KJV:

The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.

“Nothing” is precisely what a sluggard earns. You see, God is not looking for excuses; He expects results! Excuses are destructive; they lead His Children to Judgment Day…empty handed.

You cannot understand why God’s “able bodied” children choose this path and neither can He. If sluggards do not mend their ways, the gates to heaven will be closed to them. God shows His concern in 2 Thes. 3:11-12 KJV; it reads:

[11] For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.

[12] Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

Sluggards must convert! They have to apply themselves by using what God has given them. Eating their own bread becomes a pleasure when they do this but until that happens, all you can do is set a good example for them. Proverbs 26:16 KJV describes the futility of trying to reason with them:

The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.

God makes a point. You may find it impossible to explain the rationale of a sluggard.

There is no mistaking God’s Word. He has little tolerance for His “able bodied” Children that refuse to support themselves. 2 Thes. 3:10 KJV includes you in the equation; God asks you not to feed them:

For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

Remember in the Book of Revelation where it says that you do not “take from” nor “add to” God’s Word.




His Word stands tall and clear: If the “able bodied” want to eat…they have to work; incentive plays a part in God’s plan.

Additionally, His Word teaches you that (1) You are to set an example for sluggards and (2) You are to assist them. Using your gifts sets the example while following God’s Teaching provides assistance.

Judgment approaches and His Instructions are clear. Sluggard or not…are you using God’s gifts!


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