Effort Required

 

Effort Required
By Tom D Blakely
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Who would dare to die to self
And Jesus only to embrace?
Keep pure in a world that is a mess
To abhor all sin and wickedness?

Perfection is beyond us all
But holiness must be our goal.
Our sinful nature makes us fail
But God upholds us when we fall.

More effort is what we require
To be Christlike we must aspire.
To start well and then retire
We know is not our lord’s desire!

How often when we come to pray
We are distracted and sadly stray?
Or we plan to read our daily bread
But then do something else instead?

Many things lead us off course…
The world, the devil and the flesh.
It isn’t natural to follow God
That’s why effort is required.

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