PRAYERS AND GOOD WORKS (2
It is easy for many to pray for
one. It is harder for one to pray for many. Yes, we should ask for
the prayers of others but when we do so we must never become idle
ourselves or run unto a life of wickedness.
Great is what prayer can do but we
also have to work. God may desire to save us but would never lead us
to sloth. Thinking that salvation is all God's work, we might just
sleep. No. Salvation demands our cooperation: ". . .that you do
and will do the things which we command you." Keep this in
mind. . .that God would not want to lead us to slothfulness by
believing that everything depends upon the power of God. Yes,
we must cast everything upon Him but also, ourselves working, embark
on the labors and conflicts that the Gospel entails.
"Direct your hearts into the
love of God." For many things turn aside our love from God --
mammon, vainglory, affliction and temptations.
We need God's help as a wind to
impel our sail towards love of God. Not by words do you say, "I
love God." Show it with your works.
Love Him more than money by
despising money . . . because we are demanded to despise even
ourselves. How can we despise ourselves if we don't despise money?
So, direct your hearts, ". .
.unto the patience of Christ." We should endure as He endured.
We should do things with patience. We should wait for Him
patiently. Patience always implies afflictions. . .i.e. to
endure and not to be troubled.