JANUARY 18

 

Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord—Rom. 12: 11.

 

Let all who would run the race successfully look well to their zeal and activity in the Lord's work. If we bury our one or many talents under a weight of worldly cares and encumbrances which might be avoided or set aside; if we bury them under worldly ambitions for either self or family—whether this be by wasting consecrated time upon science, philosophy, music, art, business, politics, pleasures, or in pampering pride and appetite—then as unfaithful servants we shall ultimately go into outer darkness.

 

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Activity in the affairs of life, particularly in the Lord's service, is indispensable to success. When a zealous spirit burning with enthusiasm is added thereto, the conditions of success are better fulfilled; and when this activity and zeal are given to the Lord under the direction of wisdom, His cause is much benefited; and the one exhibiting these qualities is greatly developed.

 

Parallel passages: 1Chron. 29: 17; 2Chron. 15: 15; Ezra 7: 23; Psa. 42: 1, 2; 119: 139; Eccles. 9: 10; Isa. 62: 6, 7; John 9: 4; 1Cor. 13: 3; 14: 12; 2Cor. 4: 8-10, 13, 16-18; 9: 2; Gal. 4: 18; Col. 3: 22-24; Titus 2: 14; Jude 3; Rev. 3: 19.

 

Questions: Have I been zealous this week? Wherein? With what results?

 

THE CLOCK OF LIFE

 

OUR Clock of Life is wound but once,

And no one has the power

To tell just when the hands will stop,

At late or early hour.

 

Now is the only time you own;

Live, love, toil with a will;

Place no faith in tomorrow, for

Your Clock may then be still.

 

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