“Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” Ralph Waldo Emerson…
Well O’Ralph’ie put it in as good of words as anyone could. It is almost worthy of being in the Bible. But wait…I think it is in the Bible. OK…maybe not in the same exact words All the same. But the idea is the same. Do it right the first time. “Good and Faithful Servant.”
Colossians 3:24-25 – Slaves, your job is to obey your masters, not with the idea of currying favour, but as a sincere expression of your devotion to God. Whatever you do, put your whole heart and soul into it, as into work done for God, and not merely for men—knowing that your real reward, a heavenly one, will come from God, since you are actually employed by Christ, and not just by your earthly master. But the wicked man will be punished for his misdeeds, and naturally no distinction will be made between master and man.
What I mean to say is this: When it comes to being a ‘good and faithful servant”… it doesn’t mean we just have to go to Church on Sunday, sang a few songs, listen to the same’o boring sermon… and bam’o… “All is well.” If this is our spiritual attitude, then be assured…ALL is NOT well
This is when human-kind is the most vulnerable. When our guard is down. When we’re not paying attention. When we’re ‘not all that faithful.’ The devil is in the workshop. We’re giving satan a ‘foot-hold.’ We’re EASY-PREY. How do I know? I’ve been there…done that. Just listen to me, and I’ll SAVE you a lot of trouble of finding out the hard way. The devil loves a weakling…. A soft touch.
I KNOW…just ‘saying no’ is not the answer… satan is not fooled by rhetorical clichés. The only, I repeat… the ONLY-WAY to beat the devil, is to ‘act Godly, speak Godly, say Godly things, do Godly things… mimic God. Do as God does. Pray…pray, and PRAY some more…again, and again. The evil one hates to hear God’s Holy Name. He hates the ‘sweet aroma’ that God puts out.
When I’m going through my ‘periodic-weight-loss-PROGRAM”…I ‘dare-not’ open the COOKIE DRAWER. Once ‘it’s opened,’ then satan has his way we me. How can anyone eat ‘just one Oreo cookie?’ Not me…for sure. The trick is this… don’t open the darn cookie drawer. Don’t give satan a foot-hold. When you drive up to an intersection…don’t look right or left. Keep your eyes straight ahead. You KNOW what I’m talking about.
Proverbs 4:26-27 – Watch the path of your feet, And all your ways will be established. Do not turn to the right nor to the left; turn your foot from evil. (In other words…do not look into the cookie drawer). For me, I’ve spent years, and years, of looking both right and left, and it only causes trouble.
Stay focused on Godly things… not WORLDLY things. No… I would not suggest that I’ve MASTERED the technique…but believe me; I’ve put satan ‘out of control.’ (Well almost…anyway).
You see… when we ‘focus’ on DAILY scripture, DAILY prayers, DAILY good deeds, and DAILY love, respect, devotion, faithfulness, humility… and working steadily on ‘following Christ,’ then… we will OVERCOME the… Wicked.Worldy.Ways.
The www.com’s of the human race. It is called putting God FIRST, followed by wife/family, and then others…and somewhere near ‘the end’…. ourselves.
Renenber the guys in… Matthew 24:38-43 – For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.