Open Heaven 27 October 2019 Devotional – Diligence Has Its Rewards, written by Pastor E. A. Adeboye
TODAY’S TOPIC: DILIGENCE HAS ITS REWARDS
MEMORISE: “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.” – (Proverbs 22:29)
READ: Matthew 25:19-21 (KJV)
19. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
20. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents; behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
MESSAGE: Open Heaven 27 October 2019 Devotional
Whoever tells you that there is no longer a reward for diligence in this world is a liar. The word of God, which is forever settled in heaven, has declared that diligence has its rewards in this world and in the world to come. According to God’s word in today’s memory verse, even if the diligent would not want to come before kings, his or her works will drag him or her to the presence of kings for due reward.
The power inherent in God’s word is a compelling force that attracts blessings to the diligent. The story of Mordecai in the book of Esther is a great example in this regard. Mordecai was a jewish captive in Shunshan during the reign of Ahasuerus, the Persian emperor. He was made a security guard to the king, and in the course of diligently carrying out his duty, he saved in the king from being assassinated. This good deed was recorded in the archives of the empire, even though he was not rewarded at the time.
Meanwhile, Haman hated Mordecai and plotted to kill him. However, the night before human was to execute his evil plans, the righteousness of God woke the kings up and reminded him of the reward still pending for Mordecai’s diligence. Esther 6:1-3 says:
“On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king. And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Brigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s chamberlains, the keeper of the door, who sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus. And the king said, what honour and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this? Then said the king’s servants that ministered unto him, there is nothing done for him.”
- Today: Open Heaven 27 October 2019 Devotional by Pastor E. A. Adeboye
This was the beginning of the reward for diligence received by a watchman who later becomes second in command to the king (Esther 10:3). What a great lesson his life is to us all! Some security guards are only being paid for sleeping in the open, because they are watching nothing.
The story was told of a security guards who was so fast asleep on duty that the one who hired him came and took away his shoes and probably his torchlight, and yet he did not know! This was not the case with Mordecai; he did his work meticulously and thoroughly. The Lord’s parable in today’s Bible reading also affirms that diligence attracts great blessings. When the master of the diligent servant came and realized that he had been industrious in the use of the talents given to him, he rewarded him handsomely, making him an administrator over many of his businesses.
However, the servant who buried his lone talent was damned. Beloved, be diligent and determine not to eat the food of idleness; it is a sin.
PRAYER POINT: Father, please strengthen my hands to be diligent in all I do, and don’t let me lose my reward.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 Chronicles 35-36, Revelation 20:11-21:8
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