Laziness vs Diligence

I am of the opinion that we all are born lazy, but we can pursue diligence and we can grow to be a very hard worker. One of the more severe scoldings that Jesus handed out was in a story he told about a steward who wasted the money he was given.  In the story the stewards who doubled what they were given were praised, but the steward who buried what he was given received these words in Matthew 25:26 “You wicked, lazy slave”. 

The problem we often have in pursuing the character trait of diligence is how it fits with God supplying and providing for those who trust Him.  Years ago when we started building on our present sanctuary at Jefferson Baptist Church we decided to build it all on a cash basis and took a “special offering” once a year and built until the money was gone and then took another “special offering”. It took 8 of those offerings to complete the building. In the last offering we took, a man in our congregation who had quite a lot of money said he would match whatever was given in that offering. People were much more motivated to give sacrificially because of that doubling offer. 

My personal theology of “Dee’s work and God’s Work” is stated in 2 Corinthians 6:1.” And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain”. I work hard, responsibly, wisely, as an act of obedience to God’s will, all the while asking for His strength, asking for His guidance, committing all my plans and goals to Him, and trusting Him totally with my life. It is a nice partnership, I do a little and He does a lot, and we bear much fruit. 

The main point is, if I don’t work hard, responsibly, wisely, and in obedience to His will for my life, God isn’t going to compensate for my laziness no matter how much I pray. The main objective of God for my life is that I grow in character to become like Jesus. One of the character traits is diligence.

Psalms 119:4. You have ordained Your precepts,  That we should keep them diligently.
Proverbs 4:23. Watch over your heart with all diligence,  For from it flow the springs of life.

Proverbs 10:4. Poor is he who works with a negligent hand,  But the hand of the diligent makes rich.

Proverbs 12:27. A lazy man does not roast his prey,  But the precious possession of a man is diligence.

Romans 12:11. not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;

2 Timothy 2:15. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.

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