Diligence

Diligence means – eagerness, be prompt or earnest, vehemence, wholly, thoroughly,
consistent, seek after carefully, perseverance.

God rewards the diligent, He told Moses after the Israelites murmured about the
bitter water, and “Moses cried to the Lord Yahweh, and  the Lord Yahweh showed
him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet,
there He made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there He proved them.  And
said, if you will diligently hear to the voice of the Lord Yahweh your God and will do
that which is right in His sight, and will give ear to His commandments, and keep all
His statues, I will put none of these diseases upon you, which I have brought upon
the Egyptians, for I am the Lord that heals you” (Exodus 15:24-26).  In Deuteronomy
11:13-15 “and it shall come to pass, if you shall hearken diligently to my
commandments which I command you this day, to love the Lord Yahweh your God,
and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul.  That I will give you the
rain in your land in its due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that you may
gather in your corn, and your wine, and your oil.  And I will send grass in your fields
for your cattle, that you may eat and be full”.  Jeremiah 29:13 says “ and you shall
seek Me and find Me, when you shall search for Me with all your heart”.  In Hebrews
11:6 the Bible says “but without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he that comes
to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek
Him”.

Jacob in Genesis 31:38-43 endured the hardship that Laban put on him over the
twenty years which he was in his house, but God turned it around and Jacob left with
great riches.

Hezekiah showed his diligence (II Chronicles 31:20-21) “and thus did Hezekiah all
throughout all Judah, and wrought that which was good and right and truth before
the Lord Yahweh his God.  And in every work that he began in the service of the
house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it
with all his heart, and prospered”.

The Apostles of the early church have this testimony (Acts 5:41) “and daily in the
temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ”.

Paul says in I Thessalonians 2:9 “for you remember, brethren, our labor and travail,
for laboring night and day, because we would not be chargeable to any of you, we
preached to you the gospel of God”.

Christ as our example (Mark 1:35) the Bible says “and in the morning, rising up a
great while before day, He went out, and departed into a solitary place and there
prayed”.  Jesus had a relationship with the heavenly Father, a relationship that He
tells us to seek out.  He summed the commandments and the prophets into two
commandments (Matthews 22:37-40) “Jesus said to him, you shall love the Lord your
God, with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the first
and great commandment.  And the second is like to it, you shall love our neighbor as
yourself.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets”.

Saints (believers) should abound in diligence (II Corinthians 8:7) “therefore as you
abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance and knowledge and in all diligence and
in your love to us, see that you abound in this grace also”; and in Hebrews 6:11-12
“and we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full
assurance of hope to the end.  That you be not slothful, but followers of them who
through faith and patience inherit the promises”.  It’s a way to cultivate Christian
grace (II Peter 1:4-10) “whereby are given to us exceeding great and precious
promises, that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped
the corruption that is in the world through lust.  And beside this, giving all diligence
add to your faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge.  And to knowledge temperance,
and to temperance patience, and to patience godliness.  And to godliness brotherly
kindness, and to brotherly kindness charity.  For if these things be in you, and
abound, they make you that you shall neither be barren not unfruitful in the
knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  But he that lacks these things is blind, and
cannot see afar off, and has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.  Where
fore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure, for if
you do these things you shall never fall”.

God expects consistent obedience.  Consistence is based on trust in God develops
a life not easily shaken.  Diligence is necessary in obeying Him (Deuteronomy 6:17-
19) “you shall diligently keep the commandments of the Lord Yahweh your God and
His testimonies, and His statutes, which He has commanded you.  And you shall do
that which is right and good in the sight of the Lord Yahweh, that it may be well with
you, and that you may go in and posses the good land which the Lord Yahweh swear
to your fathers.  To cast out all your enemies from before you, as the Lord Yahweh
has spoken”.  Psalms 119:4 says “You have commanded us to keep Your precepts
diligently”.  Proverbs 4:20-23 says “My son, attend to my words, incline your ear to
my sayings.  Let them not depart from your eyes, keep them in the midst of your
heart.  For they are life to those that find them, and health to all their flesh.  Keep
your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life”.

It takes diligences to strive after perfection (Philippians 3:13-14) Paul says “brethren
I count not myself to have apprehended, but this one thing I do, forgetting those
things which are behind, and reaching forth to those things which are before.  I press
toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus”.  Remember
we are called to conform to the image of Christ.

Guarding against defilement takes diligence.  The devil is trying to distract you, and
cause you to fail.  In Hebrews 12:13-15 the Bible says “make straight paths for your
feet, less that which is lame be turned out of the way, but let it rather be healed.  
Follow peace with all men, and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.  
Looking diligently, less any man fail of the grace of God, less any root of bitterness
springing up trouble you and thereby many be defiled”.  Peter tells us in I Peter 5:8-9
“be sober, be vigilant, because you adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks
about, seeking whom he may devour.  Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing
that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world”.

Our diligence is more for us than just about following laws, reading the Bible and
studying the word, will allow us to walk in a better life.  Jesus says in John 15:7 “if you
abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be
done to you”, Jesus also said in John 8:31-32 “if you continue in My word, then are
you My disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you
free”.


Study by:  Harriet Bond
Date: August 7, 2007
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