Pro 10:4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. View more
Pro 11:27 He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him. View more
Pro 12:24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute. note View more
Pro 12:27 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious. View more
Pro 13:4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat. View more
Pro 21:5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want. View more
Pro 22:29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
The Church is not doing enough to bring up diligent men. We have so many church goers and very few and almost negligible believers. There is a serious defficiency in the area of MARKET PLACE BELIEVERS who are suppose to be foot soldiers for the church. This is because the so called christians at the market place are not in anyway different from the unbeliever who they are suppose to woe to Christ.
For instance, an unbeliever report to work by 10am and leaves by 12 or 1pm, a believer does the same or smtimes don’t even come untill the end of the month especial when salaries are being delayed just to find out why he/she does not receive alert. An unbeliever changes figures to enrich himself, a believer does same and may pay tithe from it, the Pastors don’t bother to ask God for revelation.
The bible says preach the gospel if necessary use words, that means God expect us to preached firstly using our way of life, character, attitude and behaviour before we even use words, but in the examples I gave above how will we tell an unbeliever u need Christ when we all do the same thing like them or even worst?
There is no way we can take our place as Priests and Kings in our world if we are not dilligent in all that our hands finds to do. When we were looking for work we don’t mind waiting from 6am to 6pm everyday but when we finally got the job we became too tired or too big to go to work talkless of going early. Where is the strong reason we are putting forth for God to bless us on our jobs? What will God use to multiply and enlarge us? Isaac sowed in that same land and reap a hundredfold, he did not fold his hands he commit himself to dilligent in his sowing and God locate him. If God go round our offices and business to reward dilligents will He meet you doing what you paid to do? Or will he reward your gossips or absentieesm? Or will He meet you stealing and manipulation figures to enrich yourself or signing 8am when u came by 10 or 11am? If God should ask show me “why I should bless you in that job what will be your sincere answer? What will you say is your strong reason?
I feel our pulpits are not doing enough to produce the needed foot soldiers in the Market place. Diligent service is lacking among believers and this has reflected in the church activities. If we cultivate the Christ-like attitude and be the reformer that the world needs, the world will see the Christ in us through our good works and glorify God. How will the gentiles come to the glory of our rising if we do not bear good fruits different from the ones they bear? If we don’t shine the light how will they see and come to it?
We need to approach our job with the understanding of Proverbs 22:29, that way we will be shining the light in the market place for the gentiles to come to the glory of our rising.