Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. 2 Corinthians 6:1
Read: 2 Corinthians 6:1-9
God loves hardworking people but hates the laziness. When He looks for people to give assignments, He often looks for hardworking people. If you see a lazy and nonchalant fellow occupying an ecclesiastical position, ask him how he got there because God has no business with lazy bones. Even when a person becomes mad, that state of insanity does not take away industry or hard work from the fellow. When you observe mad men, you will know those who were hardworking and those who were lazy among them. The lazy ones will sit all day long or scavenge in one location for virtually the whole day, but the hardworking ones will go far distances – even travelling several kilometers on foot. Sometimes while travelling from one state to another, you will see some mad fellows moving from one state to the other all on their feet. Very hardworking mad fellows can easily receive the mercy of God. If you see them, pray for them and the Lord will deliver them.
Why did Jesus in Mark 5:1-20 come all the way to a graveyard in search of a mad fellow bypassing other people? It was because that mad man was a diligent fellow and He knew that after his deliverance, he would use his energy and diligence to serve the Lord. Hence, Jesus delivered him and he became an evangelist, combing the whole country for Jesus. Similarly, if you are an extrovert, it is great. God wants you to use that extroverted nature to reach out to people, make friends, go from place to place speaking for Him and leading souls to Christ. If you were extroverted before you were saved but thereafter you became introverted and hardly speak with anyone, you are getting something wrong. One reason God saved you was because of your extroverted nature which He expects you to use for the increase of His Kingdom. Paul was an extrovert and worked for Satan but after his conversion, he worked much more for Jesus touring different countries for the Lord. Are you adequately engaging your temperaments?
Night crawlers and those who travel from place to place attending clubs and parties are potential instrument in God’s Kingdom. Lead them to Christ.
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