Volume 33 Number 19


The parking lot was full; the stores were packed in anticipation of the impending front. My daughter and I saw overflowing carts, packed with items to let the shoppers withstand the storm safe indoors. It did not matter that the temperature was a warm sixty degrees, the word of meteorologists and their Doppler radar were enough to close schools across the state a day in advance. There was an urgency in the preparations. Oh, how we need to foster a sense of urgency when it comes to our spiritual lives.

For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises (Hebrews 6:10-12).

Do you not say, “There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! (John 4:35)”

The message is clear in these verses. “Be diligent,” “Do not become sluggish” and “Look at the fields,” all cry out for us to maintain urgency in God’s plan for our lives.

Without a doubt Christ set this example for us. You see it quite often, when things got hectic, Christ would refocus—Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed. Simon and the other disciples went out to look for him. When they found Him, they said to Him, “Everyone is looking for You.” But He said to them, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.” (Mark 1:35-38). May God’s word be just as focused (or refocused) and urgent in our lives!

Wade McKnight, Southern Oaks Church of Christ, Chickasha, OK


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