Saturday, July 10, 2010

Diligence

We want each of you to show the same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure. –Hebrews 6:11

Diligence is a trait that is so often ignored by many people.  Here the writer of Hebrews says that he wishes people to have diligence in serving the Lord.   He teaches that diligence helps build our confidence.  While it does not bring us salvation, it gives us other benefits.  Diligence teaches us persistence and determination.  Diligence also helps build character and helps us grow in our faith.  There is so many lessons that diligence teaches that it would make total sense for it to be placed here in the book of Hebrews.  Diligence is one of those things that if you do it will benefit you, if not, it will be a determent to your life.

One of the lessons that I feel is being taught over and over in the bible is that power of diligence.  One book that I read titled, “The Richest Man that Ever Lived” showed the life of King Solomon and how what he taught was to be diligent in all that you do.  There is something that the Lord appreciates when you are diligent and consistent.  Now the lesson that I need to learn from this verse is to build my diligence.  Often I fall into the category of getting way too excited about things and go wholehearted into the event or whatever it is.  But what happens more often than not is that I fade out.  It’s one of those slow declines into nothing.  I am not proud of that.  Surely I do not want that to happen to my faith.  To have diligence in my faith is very important for the growth of my faith.  In fact diligence to everything that I do is important.  I don’t think my life cannot afford to do without it.  However, what it will take is for me to do make some changes, lifestyle changes.  But it is a good thing.  It is something that needs to get done so my faith can grow into a faith that makes my hope sure.

Lord I pray that you give me the diligence to do the right thing.  I pray that my life be a reflection of you.

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