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Refrain From Idleness

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"In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us." - 2 Thessalonians 3:6

For centuries, the Roman aqueduct in Segovia, Spain stood as a supreme monument to civil engineering. Spanning a bowl-shaped valley, the two-tiered, bridge-like structure stretches more than half a mile and tops 95 feet at its highest point. Its massive gray columns, like the legs of a giant elephant, dominate the quiet neighborhoods that flank it.

Assembled without mortar sometime during the first century after Christ, the aqueduct carried river water to the town without interruption until 1972, when engineers rechanneled the supply entirely though underground conduits. Unamuno, the Spanish philosopher, wrote about the aqueduct: "For eighteen hundred years, it carried cool water from the mountains to the hot and thirsty city. Nearly sixty generations of men drank from its flow.

Then came another generation, a recent one, who said: 'This aqueduct is so great a marvel that it ought to be preserved for our children, as a museum piece. We shall relieve it of its centuries-long labor.' They did; they laid modern iron pipes. They gave the ancient stones a reverent rest. And the aqueduct began to fall apart. Air pollution began to corrode away at the newly exposed granite stones. What ages of service could not destroy idleness disintegrated."

If we do not exercise the gifts the Lord has given us, they will erode because of idleness. Are you using the gifts God has given you? Today in prayer, thank Christ for the gifts and the work He has given you and pray that you will be faithful in using them.

"Let us use the gifts of God lest they be extinguished by our slothfulness." - John Calvin

God's Word: "If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks." - Ecclesiastes 10:18

By Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2001 pkennedy@devotional.com

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