"The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat."
(Proverbs 13:4 KJV)
"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."
(Galatians 6:9 KJV)
The KJV Dictionary definition of diligence is: DILIGENCE, n. L., 1) to love earnestly; to choose, 2) Steady application in business of any kind; constant effort to accomplish what is undertaken; exertion of body or mind without unnecessary delay or sloth; due attention; industry; assiduity.
Most of us "fall" into our first occupation with Our Awesome God's help and/or by what we can do at that time with the training we have. Then we increase that training as time on this earth increases for each of us. This first job is not done with diligence for most of us.
It is evident by the numerous references to diligence in the Bible that Our Awesome God values diligence in His people. The Book of Proverbs has a few examples: 1) Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor. (12:24) 2) All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. (14:2). 3) The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied. (13:4)
Diligence needs to be more than a theoretical concept we talk about if we want it to become an ingrained character quality. It must be practiced daily and that means we must willfully strive to be diligent until it becomes a habit, an attitude. We must keep trying to do our very best to complete the tasks as Our Awesome God wants them done and the way He wants. Some practical evidences of diligence we can see in our lives today are seen in the following “I will” statements: 1) I will finish my projects. 2) I will do the job right. 3) I will follow instructions. 4) I will concentrate on my work. 5) I will not be lazy.
These above statements are good but Our Awesome God wants us to learn to do all the work we do "diligently as to the Lord". Diligence is not always easy but God wants your best effort to complete His work and He wants your silent testimony of diligence when working for other people. You are not alone. Our Awesome God wants diligence from all His children in any task, large or small. Look to your church leaders for encouragement and be diligent for the Lord!
Flo & Bill