The character trait of diligence is super important to develope in our own life if we want to bear much fruit for the Lord. We need to be systematic about growing this trait in our life as a young track star is about improving his speed in his event who is dreaming of qualifying for the Olympics, or a college basketball player who is aspiring to a career in the NBA would practice his skills. One of the strongest characteristics of our “flesh” that we were all born with is laziness, proneness to apathy, desire for comfort, and procrastination. There is a life long pull to to take it easy and coast.
I have a prayer time each morning first thing that takes about one minute, and included in this morning prayer of commitment is this “Whatever it takes, Lord, increase my resolve to do your will with all diligence.”
Becoming diligent is hard work, but diligence is not synonymous with working hard. I know from personal experience one can get up early and go to bed late, and expend a lot of energy, and be very busy, and not watch TV or get lost in social media binges—can appear to work hard—and still not get much done that really matters.
A great definition of diligence that I read in another blog that I have adopted as mine is “Diligence combines a willingness to work hard with a discerning focus, a sense of urgency, a vigilant carefulness and faithful perseverance.”
Two Bible passages that I meditate on in my pursuit of becoming a more diligent man are Ephesians 5:15-17 “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” , and John 15:8, “God the Father is glorified when we bear much fruit, and so prove that we are true disciples of Jesus Christ”.