Living a Transformed Life Part 3: Diligence
What is Diligence? Here’s the dictionary’s definition:
1. Earnest and persistent application to an undertaking; steady effort; assiduity.
2. Attentive care; heedfulness.
Diligence means that we are continually working toward our goals and making use of the resources and opportunities that are available to us. We are vigilant and focused on the task at hand. It’s the same case with being a Christian, which, by the way, is not a sprint, but an ongoing marathon. Everyone knows that the first step begins with accepting God into our hearts. But after that, it takes constant discipline in action and a consistent passion for Christ. In short, it’s no cakewalk!
Through the Bible, we find that God wants us to be diligent in four very different and distinct ways: in seeking Him, in leading others to Him, in our daily work, and in our personal development.
But how do you know you’re on the right path? Below is a set of 12 questions I found by the famous Methodist missionary, John Fletcher of Madeley.
Ask these questions to measure your level of diligence and determination as a Christian. When you answer one of them with a “no,” which I did on a more frequent basis than I would like to admit, say a quick prayer to God for strength in that area of life (I’ve already said a few!).
- Did I awake spiritually, and was I watchful in keeping my mind from wandering this morning when I was rising?
2. Have I this day got nearer to God in times of prayer, or have I given way to a lazy, idle spirit?
3. Has my faith been weakened by unwatchfulness, orquickened by diligence this day?
4. Have I this day walked by faith and eyed God in all things?
5. Have I denied myself in all unkind words and thoughts? Have I delighted in seeing others preferred before me?
6. Have I made the most of my precious time, as far as I had light, strength, and opportunity?
7. Have I kept the issues of my heart in the means of grace, to profit by them?
8. What have I done this day for the souls and bodies of God’s dear saints?
9. Have I laid out anything to please myself when I might have saved the money for the cause of God?
10. Have I governed well my tongue this day, remembering that in a multitude of words there wanted not sin?
11. In how many instances have I denied myself?
12. Do my life and conversation adorn the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
NEVER BE LACKING IN ZEAL, BUT KEEP YOUR SPIRITUAL FERVOR, SERVING THE LORD.