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  • Allen Domelle

Industrious


Job 2:2

And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

Satan has more character than most people. When the LORD asked Satan, From whence comest thou?, he answered, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. In other words, Satan is very industrious. He is diligent and hard-working for his cause because he knows his time is short.

I would hate to think that Satan is more industrious for his cause than I am for the cause of Christ. Satan never takes a day off to play because of the importance of his cause to him. Satan is not looking for ways to let up, but he looks for ways to make progress. It is a sad day when Satan works harder for his purpose than believers work for the cause of Christ.

We live in days when churches are canceling services so their members can have more time for themselves, and believers complain about preachers putting too much pressure on them to go soul winning. We live in days when most want to sit on the sideline and watch others do all the work because they just don't want to be committed to the cause of Christ. I would hate to think that Satan gives more effort to his cause than I do to Christ’s cause.

The urgency of the hour ought to cause you to be industrious for Christ. James 4:14 says, Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. Satan knows that his time is short, but so is ours. Our time on this earth to make an impact is brief, and this is why we must never be slack in what we do for Christ.

John 4:35 reminds us of the need to be industrious when it says, Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. There is a soul that will slip out into eternity in your area, and it takes an industrious and caring believer to reach that soul. We must be diligent because of the brevity of life, and the need for souls to be reached before that soul slips out into eternity.

My friend, how hard do you work for God? You don't have to be the most intelligent person to be industrious. Someone says, “I am not as talented as that other person who is so successful.” Ok, so you are not as talented, but you can always outwork them. It is not the talented that make the greatest impact on eternity, but it is the industrious that make the greatest impact for Christ and eternity.

There are two areas where you should be industrious. First, you should be industrious in your walk with God. If you walk with God more than anyone else, you will learn more about God’s Word than those with a Bible college education. Those who know the most about God’s Word are often not those who went to Bible college, but those who diligently study God’s Word know the most about His Word.

Secondly, you need to be industrious in soul winning. My friend, time is short, and you must work hard to reach as many souls as possible. I promise you that the more industrious you are for Christ, the more He will use you in His service. God doesn't need the talented; He needs His people to work hard. Those who work the hardest for His cause will be the ones He uses the most.

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