Diligence 2

The admonition by Jesus in John 15 is to bear fruit, bear more fruit, and bear much fruit. He promised that if we bore some fruit the Father would prune us, nurture us, so that we would bear more and more, and that the Father would be glorified by our fruit bearing for Him. Colossians 3:23-24 says, “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.”

Diligence begins in our mind in how we habitually think about responsibilities, work, opportunities, and disciplines. Because we are all born lazy our flesh will complain about just about everything we are called to do. We will think thoughts that sound like what my kids used to say to me when given something to do around the house, “Do I Have to!?” To grow in diligence we need to listen to our thoughts and conquer the negative, lazy thoughts, by replacing them with Bible verses on diligence and positive thoughts. Instead of “I am so tired”, think, “tired is a good feeling, it means God has given me something to do with my life, thank You Lord”. Instead of thinking I am overworked, and doing to much, pray and say, “lord, give me Your strength and I can do anything”. If you start thinking that you are under paid or under appreciated set your mind on 1 Corinthians 15:58, ” Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” Meditate on the “Judgment Seat of Christ” that we will all stand in and be rewarded by Christ for the work we have accomplished for Him. Want, want, want more, want even more to do well at that great event, “The Judgment Seat of Christ”.

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