My devotion today from Brother Ed Matthews is about “diligence.”
Brother Ed wrote, “To devote oneself with diligence to the work of God, is the greatest use of life, II Corinthians 12:15; Philippians 2:17; I Thessalonians 2:8. It is the reason for existence, the purpose for drawing breath.”
Diligence is a word we don’t use often. It means eagerness or industriousness. The New Testament word is
σπουδή and means, “earnestness in accomplishing, promoting or striving for anything,” (Thayer). John F. Kennedy, in his inaugural address said, “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”
Kennedy’s words give us a pretty good idea of what diligence is. This is different than the kind of religion that some practice sitting in church. Some hope the songs will only be one or two verses, the prayers will short and the preacher eager to get home.
Oh, that God’s elect may pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship to do God’s will on earth!
Christian diligence is about going the extra mile. Do you know what that means? I think we all do.