In what areas does God call me to diligence?
Diligence is the opposite of slothfulness. It is the dedicated fervency God calls us to invest in each task that we perform. “Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance; for ye serve the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:23–24).
Through His Son, Jesus Christ, God graciously provides believers with the strength needed to be diligent: “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (II Peter 1:2–3).
God’s Call to Diligence
The Book of Proverbs records many warnings against slothfulness, and throughout Scripture we find instructions to live with diligence.
- Remember the truths God has shown you.
“Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons” (Deuteronomy 4:9).
- Teach God’s Word to your children.
“These words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up” (Deuteronomy 6:6–7).
- Keep all of God’s commandments.
“Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee” (Deuteronomy 6:17).
- Guard your heart.
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23).
- Add to your faith.
“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” (II Peter 1:5–7).
- Make your calling and election sure.
“Brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (II Peter 1:10–11).
- Minister to other Christians.
“For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have showed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: that ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (Hebrews 6:10–12).
- Seek the Lord.
“Without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).
- Remove roots of bitterness.
“Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled” (Hebrews 12:15).
- Act with discernment.
“When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: and put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat” (Proverbs 23:1–3).
- Be a good steward of your possessions.
“Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds” (Proverbs 27:23).
Rewards for the Diligent
God promises to reward the diligent with blessings, including the following:
“The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat” (Proverbs 13:4).
- Resourcefulness and creativity
“The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness” (Proverbs 21:5).
“He that diligently seeketh good procureth favor: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him” (Proverbs 11:27).
“Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men” (Proverbs 22:29).
“The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute” (Proverbs 12:24).
- Enjoyment of possessions
“The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious” (Proverbs 12:27).
“He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich” (Proverbs 10:4).
For the glory of God, take up the call to be diligent, remembering God’s provision for you. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13).
This material was developed from page 230 of the Men’s Manual, Volume II.