Always be careful that you do not relish the hard work of ministry. The Gospel records for us that Jesus describes His yoke is easy; His burden is light. Sometimes we turn away from doing God’s work because it might seem too easy, or be in the habit of informing all around us as to how hard it all is. This is because we struggle to believe that easy work could actually be his work; but we need to take care with this one – there may be a very bad pride in it.
Remember Naaman in his reluctance to do the easy thing? Some accept the easy things with half a heart and do it with half a hand.
But however easy any kingdom work may be, it cannot be well done without taking time to think and pray about it. The danger is that people, instead of taking that time to prepare for their work, generally take time to think about tomorrow, in which no work can be done any more than in yesterday.
Consider the prospect of hard work carefully – it may contain the snare of delusion – you may through it take the risk of thinking of yourself more highly than you ought to.
Take time, too, to think prayerfully into the easy work, so that you do not do it lightly and thus throw away an opportunity that Christ be glorified in it.
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