Ezra 5:8, Hebrews 6:11 NIV 2011
The king should know that we went to the district of Judah, to the temple of the great God. The people are building it with large stones and placing the timbers in the walls. The work is being carried on with diligence and is making rapid progress under their direction.
We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized.
Upon returning to Judah from Babylonian captivity, the Jews began construction of the Temple. Though it paled in comparison to the first temple, they were diligent in their work. The letter to the Jewish Christians warned them about the possibility of their faith faltering. Hebrews encouraged Christians to be diligent in their faith walk. God calls His people to be diligent.
“Diligent: steady, earnest and energetic effort,” is Merriam Webster’s definition. Being diligent means I am not lazy or careless in what I do. As a believer I’m called to persevere diligently by being God’s example to those who do not know Him. Sitting at my computer I’m diligent in my study as I write the daily. When choosing a new meal recipe, I must follow it diligently. Saying I will pray for someone means I’m diligently going to God in prayer. Using a steady, earnest and energetic effort, I’m diligently doing what God asks.
Where is God calling you to be more diligent?
Diligently doing what God asks,