People who love God must also be diligent in their earthly businesses. Children of God must be diligent in their works to receive God’s blessings. Of course, Christians must prioritize the desire to faithfully serve God and remain heavenly bound; however, Christians still have an obligation to be hardworking people on earth.
Children of God must diligently handle their earthly businesses and be prosperous to send a positive signal to the unbelievers that God loves and cares for his own.
Any Christian who is lazy in his or her business portrays a bad example for society. A lazy Christian will be poor on earth. Period!
Take it or leave it, Christians’ aspiration to faithfully serve God must be complemented with hard work to achieve earthly success. A serious Christian will not misinterpret Jesus’s word that states,
“Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33 KJV).
Any Christian who focuses on the first part of Jesus’s statement but ignores the added clause “All these things shall be added unto you” has signed up to live in abject poverty for the rest of his life on earth! (He may be rich in heaven, but he will be poor on earth.)
For a Christian to have “All these things” added to his (or her) life, he must be a diligent person!
Any believer who aspires to have earthly success must embrace hard work. He has to be someone that is not slothful in his business.
Bible, which is the word of God, promotes the principle of hard work and encourages God’s children to cultivate the habit. Bible emphasized that the Almighty God will be proud of his children who actively pursue godly success exploits.
Bible emphasized that Christians’ diligent services which ought to majorly centralize on appeasing God must also be inclusive of dedicated activities that targets achieving earthly prosperity.
King Solomon, in the Bible, promoted the principle of diligence and wrote,
“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!” (Proverbs 6:6 NIV).
Perhaps, King Solomon perceived his message on the subject of diligence was not resonating enough! The wise king further intensified his teaching with a clearer illustration. Solomon challenged anyone interested to learn the principle of hard work from the smallest creatures on earth. He stated,
“There are four things which are little on the earth, But they are exceedingly wise: The ants are a people not strong, Yet they prepare their food in the summer; The rock badgers are a feeble folk, Yet they make their homes in the crags; The locusts have no king, Yet they all advance in ranks; The spider skillfully grasps with its hands, And it is in kings’ palaces” (Proverbs 30:24-28 NKJV).
Diligent Christians in Trades, Businesses, and Other Professions Have Good Luck with God
Diligence is the key to obtaining God’s favor! Believers in Jesus Christ who take their work seriously will prosper on earth! Christians are not only asked to be good stewards of Jesus Christ in morality (and in heavenly consciousness), but believers must also allow their goodly stewardship to reflect in their earthly businesses.
Hard working Christians will attract the blessings of God. Jehovah will complement their efforts with an alarming success.
Jehovah will bless his children who diligently engage their tasks. He will not award his groundbreaking benefits to people who are slothful in their businesses!
A serious Christian must not regard the call to be diligent in his work burdensome. Any child of God who realizes that he (or she) lacks motivation for success through hard work must pray to receive God’s help. God still respond to the outcry of his children. He will answer the prayers of his people and help them measure up to their success expectations.
God will answer the prayers of his children that aspire to improve their status through hard work.
Prayer, Principle, and Practice will Amount to Success
Any Christian who thinks he or she cannot measure up to hard-work standard should pray to receive God’s help. Also, a success aspired person must have a self-made principle that will motivate him or her to measure up to the expectation.
It is important that an individual who desires hard work must engage in task implementation (practical exercise) to train his mind. Slowly but surely, the process will add up to become a success exploration.
Each believer has an obligation to be a true steward of Jesus Christ through hard-work. Paul emphasized that whoever is found lazy must not eat! (2 Thessalonians 3:10)
Pray For God’s Help To Be a Diligent (Hardworking Person)
Don’t hesitate to pray for God’s help to be a diligent person!
You may pray as follows:
Dear God, I desire to be a hard working person; please help me! I believe in your word that states, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). Therefore, I ask that you give me the strength to be a focused and hardworking person who will prosper on earth! Please inspire and empower me by the Holy Spirit to be someone that you can be proud of his (or her) achievement through hard work! Please bless my works as I make efforts to be a successful person on earth. Bless me and turn my life to become an embodiment of testimony to your Holy Name! For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.
Your insightful diligent bible verses:
Proverbs 6:6 ;Proverbs 30:24-28; 2 Thessalonians 3:10; 3 John 1:2. Luke 14:28
Priest role was crucial to God and his people during the Old Testament time. The priest offers animal sacrifices to atone for the sin of their people. A person who has committed a sin must provide an animal that the priest would offer on his behalf. No sin was forgiven in the Old Testament without a priest offering a sacrifice to God.
Besides the routine sacrifices of priests, God also designated a special person with the title of “Most High Priest” to yearly offer a sacrifice to plead for the collective sins of his people. The Most High Priest has an obligation to rightly perform his task otherwise, God would reject it, and the priest may die for his sacrifice error.
The priests’ activity of animal sacrifice (and other sacrifices) have been discontinued during the New Testament era; however, the priesthood office remains in existence. Some individuals still operate in the priesthood office today. These are people who minister to God’s children through prayers and other related services. The New Testament priests teach the word of God; they pray for people and perform other charitable activities.
Today’s priests are clergies, and they bear different titles based on their church denominations or affiliations. They sometimes answer the title, priest, bishop, reverend, pastor, and others. For example, Catholic clergy answers the priest, but Protestant and Pentecostal clergies answer bishop, reverend, and pastor.
Unfamiliar Most High Priest
The priest of the Old Testament and New Testament serve God to the best of their abilities, but they are short of perfection! They could mediate between God and people through prayer and sacrifices, but their services have limitations. God overlooks human sins as a result of their sacrifices, but he did not destroy the power of sin through their efforts!
Jesus Christ was an unfamiliar priest to people of his time. They did not consider him as a priest, but indeed, he was one! His action proved that he was God’s preordained Most High Priest. The Bible declares,
“… By two unchangeable things [His promise and His oath] in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled [to Him] for refuge would have strong encouragement and indwelling strength to hold tightly to the hope set before us. This hope [this confident assurance] we have as an anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whatever pressure bears upon it]—a safe and steadfast hope that enters within the veil [of the heavenly temple, that most Holy Place in which the very presence of God dwells], where Jesus has entered [in advance] as a forerunner for us, having become a High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 6:18-20 AMP)
Once and for all, Christ sacrificed his life for all human sins! Bible reported how he spiritually outperformed his predecessors as a special priest of God-the Most High Priest. Upon his death on the cross, Christ’s power torn the temple veil into two! Bible reported,
“Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”… Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split” (Matthew 27:45-51 NKJV).
The Reasons Behind Jesus’ Priesthood Action
Jesus Christ, unlike any other priest, chose not to follow the cycle of offering bulls, lambs, goats, and other animals to sacrifice for human sins. Why? Animal sacrifice provided temporal relief since it only covers a sin, but did not remove it.
Also, animal sacrifice was expensive. A person who sacrificed an animal for his sin may soon find himself in the same sinful situation and be mandated to repeat the same process. In addition, a priest who carried out an animal sacrifice is also human, and may inadequately perform his service and render the whole exercise useless.
Besides, an animal sacrifice was not strong enough to destroy the power of sin. That is, God only pardoned a sin through an animal sacrifice, he did not destroy the power of sin for people.
With the complication process of animal sacrifice and its limitations, Jesus Christ chose to abolish the entire process and sought a permanent solution. Therefore, he offered himself as a sacrificed for human sins to earn them permanent forgiveness and freedom. Bible declares,
The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll— I have come to do your will, my God.’ ” (Hebrews 10:1-7 NIV).
Why Did Jesus Christ Sacrifice His Life?
Jesus’ decision to replace animal sacrifice with his own life was motivated by some special reasons. Why did Jesus sacrifice his life when other priests have not complained of their rituals?
The Old Testament priests did not care beyond ordinary for the people they served. They were comfortable at offering animal sacrifice to provide a temporary solution for people.
Jesus Christ cared for other people (the whole world); therefore, he was uncomfortable to provide a temporary solution for people. He sought to provide them a permanent solution.
On a normal day, an Old Testament priest would say, “Bring me an animal, and I will sacrifice it for your sin!” Jesus disdained the status quo. His practical action could be translated as if he stated, “Don’t bring me an animal, I will sacrifice my life for your sin!”
Jesus Christ took the matter of sin forgiveness seriously, and he was willing to pay an ultimate price that will earn people permanent forgiveness for their sins.
The sacrifice of Jesus’ life immediately provided five major benefits for people:
Opportunity to permanently receive forgiveness of sin.
Opportunity to repair and restore the broken relationship between God and man (and woman).
Humanity has an opportunity to permanently receive forgiveness of their sins.
A human can have a mutual relationship with God.
A human can also receive God’s strength to overcome the temptation of sin.
Anyone who believes Christ can obtain the gift of eternal life.
Anyone who believes Christ can live as an overcomer on earth!
It is important to testify that God crowned Jesus Christ with the highest honor in priesthood office after he sacrificed his life on the cross. God awarded him a title of the Most High Priest!
Perhaps, the best privilege that Christ-the Most High Priest earned for humanity is the fact that his followers will qualify for God’s kingdom! Anyone who believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and accept him as his or her personal Lord and Savior will be raptured to heaven on the last day.
Everyone now has an opportunity to qualify for heaven through confession of faith in Jesus Christ. A person who confesses Jesus Christ as his or her personal Lord and Savior will not regret his decision. The person will receive God’s help in this life and also be blessed in heaven!