October 20, 2009

Character Is Diligent

Written by Boyd Bailey

Character Is Diligent… “She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.” Proverbs 31:13

A person of character is not idle, but eager to do what it takes to get the job done. There is a sense of prayerful urgency that stays focused on the task at hand. Diligent hands replace distractions with focused intensity. When you are around the diligent there is no doubt about their determination to finish well. They are attentive, persistent and productive. “The men in charge of the work were diligent, and the repairs progressed under them” (2 Chronicles 24:13a). Diligence is eager to engage in work and to make progress.

For example, you may have other team members who work to just get by, while you have a greater cause because you work unto the Lord. You understand the greater purpose is to reflect the glory of God in all you do. So when you take on chores at home you do so with enthusiasm and with a goal of excellence. When you study you see your Savior Jesus as one who studied and understood the Scriptures, so you bring that same level of responsibility to your academic endeavors. Diligence expects excellence in great results.

“The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied” (Proverbs 13:4). The diligent does not just talk about climbing a mountain, they schedule a date, train and acquire the necessary supplies to sustain their ascent. The diligent not only hopes for good things to happen, they in tandem deem it necessary to plan and persevere. What daunting goal is before you that requires your unbending diligence?

Diligence works as if everything depends on its efforts, and prays as if Christ were in control. Persistent prayer to God is soaked with plenty of perspiration. There is fatigue and faith. There is work and rest. There is planning and prayer. Diligence is industrious with man and intimate with God. Are you tired of trusting and trying? If so remain diligent, because fruit comes towards the end of the faith cycle. A bountiful harvest may be a prayer or two away. “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9, NKJV).

Related Readings: Proverbs 21:5; Zechariah 6:15; Romans 12:8; 1 Timothy 4:15

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