Saturday, September 6, 2014
WANTED: A DILIGENT WORKER!
Dearly Beloved, WANTED: A DILIGENT WORKER! "One night Eli… was lying down in his usual place. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down…. Then the LORD called Samuel" (1 Samuel 3:2-4 NIV). "Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men" (Proverbs 22:29 NIV). The boy Samuel was ministering in the tabernacle at Shiloh when he suddenly heard somebody calling his name. He thought it was Eli the priest that was calling him. So, he ran to Eli to answer the call. However, it was not Eli. Eli told him to go and lie down. This happened thrice. It was on the third occasion that Eli perceived that it might be God calling Samuel, so he told the boy what he would say when he hears such call again. Samuel heard the call the fourth time and did as Eli told him. The story is a well-known one especially to the children, but there is a lesson in it, that many people do not always take note of: the willingness of Samuel to do anything for his master, Eli, even in the night when others had slept. It was this willingness to serve and his diligence that made God to call him and used him mightily in place of the wayward sons of Eli. Are you also willing to be diligent in your work to the point of having extra-time work without thinking of remuneration for such work? Are you diligent in your work to the extent that your boss and even God can single you out for greater responsibility and compensation? God is not looking for ordinary workers, but workers that are willing to work for Him diligently. Wanted: A diligent worker! Are you ready to be one especially in the service of God? In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Requests: 1. God, give me the spirit of diligence to be more diligent in all my work. 2. Let my diligence lead me to higher ground in my working place and in your service in Jesus' name. Amen.