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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Colossians 3:23
"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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