Rewards For Being Diligent: (Video)
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Diligence vs. Slothfulness
"Visualizing each task as a special assignment from the Lord and using all my energies to accomplish it." (IBLP)
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"Whatever your task, work heartily, as serving the Lord and not men" RSV
The rewards for diligence
1. Proverbs 10:4 “…The hand of the diligent makes rich.”
* You will be rich.
2. Proverbs 12:24 “The hand of the diligent will rule…” RSV
* You will be given authority.
3. Proverbs 12:27 “…The substance of a diligent man is precious.” KJV
* You will enjoy your possessions.
4. Proverbs 13:4 “…The soul of the diligent is richly supplied.” RSV
* You will be richly supplied or become prosperous.
5. Proverbs 21:5 “The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance…” RSV
* You will be creative and resourceful.
6. Proverbs 11:27 “He who diligently seeks good seeks favor…” RSV
* You will obtain favor.
7. Proverbs 22:29 “Do you see a man skilful in his work? he will stand before kings…” RSV
* You will be given honor.
Areas in our life to be Diligent
1. Be diligent to remember the truths that God has shown you.
See Deuteronomy 4:9 (Hb #3966-greatly)
2. Be diligent to teach God’s Word to your children and grandchildren.
See Deuteronomy 4:9; 6:7 (Hb #8150-intensively; sharpen)
3. Be diligent to keep all of God’s commandments.
See Deuteronomy 6:17 (Hb #8104-to guard, to protect a watchman)
4. Be diligent to guard your affections.
See Proverbs 4:23 (Hb #4929-to keep guard)
5. Be diligent to add to your faith.
See 2 Peter 1:5 (Gk #4710-“speed”, eagerness)
6. Be diligent to minister to other Christians.
See Hebrews 6:10-12 (Gk #4710-earnestness)
7. Be diligent in seeking the Lord.
See Hebrews 11:6 (Gk #1567-to search out, investigate, crave, scrutinize)
8. Be diligent to remove roots of bitterness.
See Hebrews 12:15 (Gk #1983-to beware)
9. Be diligent to avoid swindlers and frauds.
See Proverbs 23:1-3 (Hb #995-discern, understand, distinguish)
10. Be diligent to know the condition of those under your spiritual care.
See Proverbs 27:23 (Hb #3045-to recognize, be acquainted with)
11. Be diligent in leadership.
See Romans 12:8 (Gk #4710-despatch, zeal)
12. Be diligent in evangelism.
See Luke 15:8-10 (Gk #1960-carefully)
13. Be diligent in teaching.
See Acts 18:24-25 (Gk #199-exactly, accurately)
Consider the following portions of God's word.
Proverbs 6:6-11 (TLB)
“Take a lesson from the ants, you lazy fellow. Learn from their ways and be wise!
7 For though they have no king to make them work,
8 yet they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.
9 But you—all you do is sleep. When will you wake up?
10 "Let me sleep a little longer!" Sure, just a little more!
11 And as you sleep, poverty creeps upon you like a robber and destroys you; want attacks you in full armor.”
Proverbs 30:24-28 (TLB)
“There are four things that are small but unusually wise:
25 Ants: they aren’t strong, but store up food for the winter.
26 Cliff badgers: delicate little animals who protect themselves by living among the rocks.
27 The locusts: though they have no leader, they stay together in swarms.
28 The lizards: they are easy to catch and kill, yet are found even in king’s palaces!”
Original source: Character Sketches Vol 3 Pages 132-134 ©Institute in Basic Life Principles and “How to Conquer Slothfulness” booklet. Used with permission.
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