October 5, 2017

Romans 12:11 (NLT) — 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.

To squeeze our memory verse a little bit more we need to go back 1Kings 6. In the first eleven verses the writer draws out attention to the dimensions of the temple that Solomon was building for the Lord. He gives the size of the windows, the number of stories high, and the type stones, beams, and wood that was used. And then there was this interruption in describing the building with verses 11-13:

1 Kings 6:11–13 (NLT) — 11 Then the Lord gave this message to Solomon: 12 “Concerning this Temple you are building, if you keep all my decrees and regulations and obey all my commands, I will fulfill through you the promise I made to your father, David. 13 I will live among the Israelites and will never abandon my people Israel.”

Sometimes when watching television a voice will come on which says, “We interrupt this regularly scheduled program with this special report.” Sometimes there is something of more importance and greater priority than what was scheduled. I believe this is what happened here in 1Kings 6.

Notice in verse 12 that the Lord interrupted the regularly scheduled program with his voice and he zeros in on Solomon by saying if you will keep and obey. The is reminding Solomon and us of how critical one person’s obedience will be. This is important enough to interrupt a construction report on the temple and it is important enough to interrupt what ever we have going in our day to hear it.

God is reminding Solomon and us that the actions of the-one-affect-the-many. On July 2, 1863, General G.K. Warren went to the crest of a knoll called Little Round Top, outside Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where what would later be considered the battle that decided the Civil War was erupting. Warren discovered that the Confederate troop s were forming in the woods to take Little Round Top and outflank and defeat the left wing of the Union lines. Immediately he sent for troops to hold Little Round Top. One man’s actions saved a whole army from disaster and more than likely changed the history of our United States.

In May of 1942 Joseph Stalin ordered a major offensive in the Ukraine, refusing to listen to his commanding officers objections. His attacking armies were surrounded and thousands of Soviet soldiers were carted of to German POW camps. One man’s stupidity and tens of thousands suffer for it.

Because Queen Esther put aside her fear and went before King her Jewish people were saved from annihilation. One woman’s obedience saved a nation.

Romans 5:18 (NLT) — 18 Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone.

The point that the Lord trying to make to make is that my and your obedience and faithfulness to not be lazy in our everyday worship can bring a blessing to many other people or our lack of worship can bring a curse on other people. We may not be generals or kings but we all have influence. My worship will effect all those that I come in contact with and so will yours. My worship will either influence people for Jesus which will bring them a blessing or my lack of worship will also influence people(children, grandchildren, spouse, neighbor, co-worker, friends, etc) away from the Lord which will bring them a curse.

When my wife Cleo yielded her life to Jesus back in the late ’60s it completely changed her everyday life. She became a worshiper. It must have been evident because months later and acquaintance of hers, someone she knew but was not close friends with, came to her and said, “I have been watching you and I want what you have.” Cleo introduced her to Jesus and Darla got saved. We never know who is watching, right? Fast forward to today and Darla has a husband and children that are living for Jesus. The-one-effects-the-many.

Pastor Robert Murray M’Cheyne used to say, “My people’s greatest need is my personal holiness.”

Now it is easy to understand our memory verse.

Be Inspired Hilltop!




  1. Mary Anne Frank says

    One of the greatest lies of the enemy is to whisper that our prayers don’t matter or our service to others means nothing. Or that God couldn’t possibly use someone like me. And the list goes on and on. Part of our worship is fighting the enemy with the sword of the Spirit. We are weak but He is strong and has already won this battle.

    • Daniel Mueller says

      I am glad you mentioned prayer. Didn’t God tell Ezekiel that he was looking for someone to stand in the gap and pray for Israel so that she would be restored to righteousness. He couldn’t find that someone. It leads me to believe that one person’s prayers can save a nation. We must never be lazy when it comes to prayer.

  2. It’s a wonderful feeling when we can accomplish two things at once and save a bit of time in our day. Fighting off the enemy and praying accomplishes much more than two things. The effect on the atmosphere as well as many other people is probably greater than we will ever know. Our importance is worth a reminder every day.