Diligence versus Slothfulness
This is WEEK 13 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012. So glad you stopped by.
I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time. – Charles Dickens
Patience and Diligence, like faith, remove mountains. – William Penn
What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence. – Samuel Johnson
“It’s not what you do, it’s how you do what you do!” –Jordan D Ulmer
Diligence means :
1. quietly and steadily persevering especially in detail or exactness
2. characterized by care and perseverance in carrying out tasks
3. conscientious; hardworking
Synonyms for Diligence: alertness, attentiveness, exertion, carefulness, constancy
Antonyms for Diligence: inactivity, indifference, laziness, neglect
What the Bible says about Diligence:
Proverbs 13:4 The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.
2 Timothy 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
1 Cor 15: 58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
Galations 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up
Col 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men
Examples From the Bible:
Noah: diligently built the Ark according to exact dimensions/instructions from God
Ruth: worked diligently in the fields to provide for her mother in law (Ruth 2:17)
Joseph: worked diligently in every job given him and was thus promoted to position of an Egyptian overseer
The Apostles: Acts 5:42 And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.
The Example of Jesus to Us:
1. Jesus diligently kept all the commandments of His Heavenly Father with all His heart, soul, mind and strength (John 5:30).
2. Pilate gave a testimony of Christ’s diligence to his conscience when Pilate said, “I find no fault in Him at all.” (John 18:38 )
3. Jesus’ parable of the talents given to workers is a powerful demonstration of the importance of diligence on the job. (Matthew 25:14-29)
Personal Application and Thoughts:
Diligence is part of the grit that a Christian needs to glorify God with their lives. The Bible has much to say about how wrong it is to be lazy and not provide for yourself and for your family. From the beginning of time, God designed man to do work as he put Adam in the garden to tend it and care for it. Today, He expects a Christian to apply themselves and to do whatever they do as if working for him versus man. He asks us to be diligent in prayer, in studying His Word, in the work of our hands, and in loving and serving others. (I don’t think he wants us to be workaholics, however, as he also puts a lot of emphasis, on rest, but he wants us to do our best.) He has assignments for us and we never know how much the mundane or important duties of our day may be working to fulfill His purposes in our life. I often think about Joseph and how God used his diligence to save his family from starving during famine. When we think it may not matter that we do our best, He says it does…and when we think no one may see or care, He sees, and He cares.
Prayer for You: May you strive to do your best with the resources God provides for you. May you persevere, and be diligent to grow as a Christian and may you remember that whatever you do should be done as if working for God.
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