Today's devotional is a guest appearance by David Allen.
The novelist Marcel Proust did not enjoy good health and at times left off his important medication, believing that it would dull his creativity as a writer. It is likely that this considerably shortened his life; but, though probably well aware of that fact, he pressed on with his huge masterpiece Remembrance of Things Past. He was still correcting the manuscript on his deathbed in November 1922, because he regarded perfection more important than health or length of life.
Diligence came very close to being an absolute obsession in Proust’s case. We tend to dismiss Proust as an artist who teetered on the edge of insanity - but true diligence features strongly in the Scripture as a great virtue. Proverbs 4:23 tells us to “watch over your heart with all diligence”; Paul says “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed…”
The great Wesleyan Revival of the eighteenth century was characterised by diligence which earned them the name of the Methodists - a movement which transformed the spiritual life of the nation. Those first Methodists - founded initially at Oxford University - were diligent in their personal lives in regard to times of prayer, Bible study and visiting local prisons, the poor and the sick. John Wesley the founder never wasted a single minute and prepared his sermons whilst on horseback on his way to his next appointment!
It is sad to say that, with the passage of time, devotion and diligence sometimes diminish. So, therefore, “Watch over your heart with all diligence” (Proverbs 4:23). In our irresponsible times and our hedonistic society let us stand out as men and women of meticulous diligence in spiritual devotion and Christian behaviour.
Have a great week!
Missionary Focus: The Kahindis in Kenya
Masai and Karen Kahindi have been doing Alpha courses in prisons in Kenya, where they have seen many people become Christians.
They work hard to support the communities around them, as well as training leaders to lead Kenya's churches.
They've been out there since 1998, have two children and what Masai misses most about the UK is apple crumble - you can read more about them here!
Mattersey Student Teams
Mattersey Hall are willing and able to send a student team to your church from October 2012 to May 2013 for a weekend or Sunday of ministry. If you are interested in hosting such a team, please contact Shannon Buckner the Ministries & Mentoring Officer at Mattersey at firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you fill in the Missions survey to help develop mission in the AOG? If not you can do it here today!
CCPAS training change
The CCPAS safeguarding date has changed; it will no longer be on the 14th July but on the 27th October. We will send out more information nearer the date.