PUTTING IN THE HARD WORK
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Putting in the Hard Work
Doing Life with Diligence
We all have something that we want in life. Maybe it’s a career, a family, financial independence, or a certain “shiny new thing.” The problem sometimes is we are unwilling to put the work into it that is necessary to get there. Our actions don’t match our appetites. We want it badly, but not that badly. It’s much easier to dream than it is to do, and so our lives are lukewarm, lacking anything noteworthy or truly outstanding.
Some of us approach our spiritual life in the same manner as well. We would love to have a close and intimate walk with God, but we are unwilling to give it the time and effort it requires to really know His word or hear His voice.
In Romans 12:8, Paul uses a word in relationship to how we ought to pursue leadership; diligence. He goes on in verse 11 to say we need “fervor” (passion) and “zeal” (enthusiasm) in serving God. These are not words that reflect a lukewarm attitude toward life and God, but rather, it paints a picture of a rolling boil. They are words that evoke an image of blood, sweat, and tears in association with our pursuits.
- Is there anything in life for which you are truly willing to put the hard work in to attain?
- What situations bring out your enthusiasm and passion?
- Are they things that have lasting value?
Sticking With It
Many of us have no trouble getting excited but we struggle with staying there. A new project or opportunity comes along and we approach it with all the excitement of a puppy drinking an espresso. But our energy runs out, we hit an obstacle, something comes along that emotionally drains us, and we fall back into a pattern of defeat and we resign ourselves to “good enough.”
Read Proverbs 6:6-8
- Why do you think Solomon uses the picture of an ant as the picture of diligence?
- What “ant like” qualities do you think are necessary to truly excel? Do you have them?
Sometimes it feels like everything is stacked against us and we just don’t have the power to keep moving forward. Even with the most diligent attitude, it feels impossible to do it on your own strength. There’s a good reason for that . . . IT IS! God never equipped us to succeed in life without Him. The good news is, God gives us everything we need to maintain our diligence and enthusiasm.
Read Romans 12:11
- Where do we get our “fervor?” How does a person go about receiving that on a daily basis?
- What would need to change in your habits in order to maintain passion and enthusiasm for God’s work?
Solomon writes in Ecclesiastes 9:10, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” He’s writing about diligence. He’s telling us, from his experience and wisdom to take initiative, be industrious and do things with passion.
He goes on to tell us in Proverbs 13:4 that, “A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.” Do you get it? We lack fulfillment and satisfaction in what we do because we are doing it with half of our hearts and end up leaving undone that which we set out to do. Be diligent this week, lean into your relationship with God, and see where it takes you.
- What is holding you back from attacking life with enthusiasm and passion?
- What needs to happen for you to pursue God with diligence?
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