“In the morning sow your seed, And in the evening do not withhold your hand” (Ecclesiastes 11:6a).
Diligence means working with steady, careful and painstaking effort. It connotes industry, conscientiousness, determination, perseverance. The call for diligence is a command from God, who set us an example in diligence through His commitment to the work of creation and Christ’s
commitment in His earthly assignment. The diligent can hardly be limited in life and endeavours. They put their all into each assignment and, through the grace of God, accomplish much and impact their generation. Those who are not diligent in life can hardly make a mark in their generation. Your diligence will affect your progress in life. You can only be helped by the crowd for a short season. Proverbs 22:29 (KJV) says “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.” In Romans 12:11 Paul encourages the brethren not to be slothful in business; but fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.
Hardly does one mention the diligent without contrasting them with the slothful and the lazy. The non-diligent, most of the time, messes up what is committed into their hand, be it a simple job or a big business. Rather than take responsibility for their failure and sit up, they accuse God of not answering their prayers.
Make the best use of time as admonished by the scriptures. Be diligent in seeking the Lord, in studies as students, researching into new things or becoming a better person in your profession and life endeavours.
1. Grant me the grace to be diligent at all times.
2. I will not be slothful in business. I will rather be fervent in the spirit and serving the Lord.