Keep Your Clock Set and Ticking

As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good (2 Thessalonians 3:13 ESV).

Longcase Clock - Pieter van den Bergh - 1780s
Longcase Clock – Pieter van den Bergh – 1780s [Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam]
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has several outstanding longcase clocks.  One clock features moving ships above the clock face.  The ships rock back and forth as if moved by the ocean.  The clock chimes every hour.  It is an excellent example of craftsmanship, but it must be wound and set every day.  If it is not tended regularly, it will stop ticking and become useless as a clock.  Our spiritual lives need regular maintenance.  Without daily tending, our souls can become idle or stale.

In his second epistle to the Thessalonians, Paul warns them about idleness and instructs them to continue “doing good” (2 Thess. 3:13 ESV).  Christians must always be making forward progress.  There is no moment when a believer can rely on past accomplishments.  To cease to pray or read the Scriptures – to neglect our calling to help the poor, the hungry, the stranger, the sick, and the prisoner (cf. Matthew 25:31-46), is to lose ground.  Without regular spiritual work – daily devotions and physical action – our spiritual lives stop ticking.  We must never “grow weary” in our calling.

Today, renew your determination to follow Christ.  Pray, read the Bible, and do not neglect your responsibility to love and care for your neighbor.  There is much work to be done – “the fields are white for harvest” (John 4:35 ESV) – and Jesus calls you to action.  Set aside the time for prayer and Bible study, for these will help you mature in Christ and keep you focused when others may fall idle.  Keep your spiritual clock set and ticking by regular prayer and Bible study.

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