Diligence

The character trait of diligence seems to be growing more rare in the general population. Every person is born lazy, some stay the way they were born their entire life, and others conquer it and become hard workers. Diligence as a character trait is more than being a hard worker, it is enjoying working hard. Diligence is more than simply working hard, it is working hard in pursuit of a goal, a dream. One of the problems that anybody has in being diligent is that working hard just to be working hard gets to be a drag. Most people are doing what they are doing for someone else so their is no personal goal motivating the diligence other than the hope of promotion or more pay. A true follower of Jesus has the potential of becoming a person with a very high level of diligence.

Colossians 3:23-24. Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.

A person who does everything he does for the Lord, desiring to please Him with the quality of their work and also with the volume of their work becomes a highly motivated person, and one with the character trait of diligence. The tricky part is that we can’t see or hear Jesus, so the motivation to please Him easily wanes. In order to become a highly motivated servant of Jesus we must grow in our faith in Jesus, and in His presence around us. We must grow in our faith that He sees every thing we do and that He is pleased with us when we do well, and that He is not pleased when we do poorly.

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