Longview church of Christ
1401 Eden Dr. 
Longview, TX 75605-4104

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Message from Scripture: 5/29/2020

Today’s message from Scripture comes from Jer. 48:10; “Cursed be the one who does the LORD'S work negligently.”

The word “negligently” is translated various ways in different translations. Some use the word lax, others slackness, remiss, deceitfully, neglect, and one says it’s not doing the LORD's work with all of one’s heart. The Hebrew term carries the idea of inadequate action or work. Jeremiah reveals in this passage that Babylon would be God’s agent of judgment against Moab due to the sins of that nation. They were to do the work God had given them to do with diligence, not laziness or negligence. 

The concept of doing the Lord’s work diligently, with commitment and a sense of urgency, always applies to those who serve God. God has a work for each of us to do in His kingdom. How do we approach living for Christ? Considering the excellence of God in sending Christ to die for our sins, how can we give anything less than our best in serving Him? 

Paul reminded the church in Colossae to do their work heartily as for the Lord, knowing we serve Christ (Col. 3:23-24). Paul encouraged Timothy to do his best, a worker who has no need to be ashamed (2 Tim. 2:15). Paul reminded Titus, “Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity” (Titus 2:7). And to the church in Corinth, he encourages them to do all to the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31). 

Paul said in Rom. 2:6, God will repay each of us according to our deeds. Do we approach living for God with dedication or complacency? We must offer our best, for love will do nothing less. In offering our best to God, He gives us His best in return. May God be praised in our reflecting His excellence in us, and we being blessed in doing so. Have a great day today. God bless.