Are you self motivated? Most people are not. Ask almost anyone in the business world. Managers of businesses and corporations are finding it harder to motivate people to diligence. Many people are not diligent, especially when it comes to tasks they give themselves. As Christians, we are called to live a life of diligent service.
In Romans 12, we find many different commands. These commands were given one right after another. In Romans 12:11, we find, "Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;" The verse very clearly tells us that we should view all business (work in general) as service to the Lord. More than this, we are to serve God with a fervent spirit.
I would like to share a verse I have always enjoyed. Proverbs 26:14 says, "As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed." I don’t know about you, but this verse has always made me laugh. If we really think about though, we can gather a very important truth. Just as a door doesn’t go anywhere, the slothful or lazy guy who stays in bed all day, doesnt go anywhere. He moves around, but he doesnt get much done at all. As a result, he probably won’t get far in life.
I would like to challenge you. Be diligent in your work. Don’t allow yourself to be overcome with laziness. Remember, you’re not working for your boss or yourself, you’re working for God. Have a passionate spirit about your work. Being passionate about work isn’t always easy, but we can always go to God for help. Let’s ask God to help us be fervent in spirit as we serve Him. When we serve Him diligently, we can receive the promises He has given us.
"Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men." – Proverbs 22:29