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9th June 2023

Keep plodding on


We desire that each one of you show the same diligence

to the full assurance of hope until the end.

Hebrews 6:11


Those raised in the English village with William Carey (1761–1834) probably thought he would not accomplish much, but today he’s known as the father of modern missions. Born to parents who were weavers, he became a not-too-successful teacher and cobbler while teaching himself Greek, Hebrew, and Latin. After many years, he realized his dream of becoming a missionary to India. But he faced hardship, including his child’s death, his wife’s mental-health problems, and for many years the lack of response from those he served.


What kept him serving amid difficulties as he translated the entire Bible into six languages and parts of it into twenty-nine others? “I can plod,” he said. “I can persevere in any definite pursuit.” He committed to serving God no matter what trials he encountered.


This continued devotion to Christ is what the writer to the Hebrews counselled. He called for those reading his letter to not “(sluggish) become lazy ” (Hebrews 6:12), but to “show this same diligence to the very end” (v 11) as they sought to honour God. He reassured them that God “will not forget your work and the love you have shown” (v 10).


During William Carey’s later years, he reflected on how God consistently supplied his needs. “He has never failed in His promise, so I cannot fail in my service to Him.” May God also empower us to serve Him day by day.

Bible Reading

Hebrews 6: 9-12.

Prayer

Lord God, help me to follow You, and keep me plodding on when I face challenges. May I know the assurance that You are always with me. In Jesus name. Amen










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