Diligence 3

Diligence as a character trait won’t be developed in us without a strong motivation. No one is going to be diligent just to be diligent. Money is the motive for many, as is success or accomplishment resulting in recognition. There is a difference between behaving in a diligent way, and having the character trait of diligence. Anybody can be diligent for awhile if the carrot is big enough, but few become a diligent person. Becoming diligent on the inside, the real us, character that goes with us when we enter eternity requires God to work and mold as well as our cooperation, Therefore the motivation that results in a diligent person on the inside must be noble. The strong desire to please God with our life and accomplishments is the motivation that results in genuine Christ like character. Here are a few verses that I use to help me keep my motive and drive to accomplish more and more with my life pure. 1 Thessalonians 4:1, “we exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more”. 2 Corinthians 5:9, “Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.” 1 Thessalonians 2:4, “but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts”. Ephesians 5:10 “trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.” I believe that we are capable of sensing His pleasure in us, in our heart. God the Father spoke from heaven at the baptism of Jesus saying, “this is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased”. The inner sense of God’s pleasure in us is a very powerful motivation to be diligent.

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