Dangers and Delights

Dangers and Delights

Lord, as your peace permeates more and more of my being, it would be easy to become complacent and lazy, unwilling to exert myself to work hard. That is because my security in you removes the pressure to make myself feel good through accomplishment, or to be significant through work.
 
But, may I continue to reject those negative, self-centered motives and act instead out of love for you, a desire to please you in the ways outlined in your Word.
 
My prayer is that Colossians 1:9-11 may be true in my life:
–“Fill me with the knowledge of your will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding
 
that I may “live a life worthy of you, Lord, and please you in every way:
 
–Help me to “bear fruit in every good work [the fruit of the Spirit, the fruit of our lips in praise, the fruit of good works, the fruit of leading people to Christ],
 
–“growing in the knowledge of God (being in your Word every day),
 
–“being strengthened with all power according to your glorious might so that I may have great endurance and patience (pressing on in obedience no matter how I may feel),
 
–“joyfully giving thanks to you, Father, who has qualified us to be share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.
 
–“For you have rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of your Son, whom you love, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
 
I praise you that this is your great desire for us: to be fruitful, joyful, godly, walking in wisdom and grace. I whole-heartedly accept and rejoice in these great truths, committing myself to obedience for your glory. I reject being lazy and complacent, which is being a glory-stealer; I choose to be wisely diligent so I can be a glory-giver.
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