Diligence seems to be a missing quality today. Perhaps busyness, lack or work ethic, or simply laziness are to blame. Diligence, however, is not optional but rather commanded in God’s Word.
Diligent in what?
Paul had just written to Timothy about personal integrity, devotion to the Word, and using his spiritual gifts (1 Tim. 4:12-14).
- Carefully attend to your heart. Character matters.
- Take great pains to keep the Word central. Truth matters.
- Faithfully use what you have been given to serve. Stewardship matters.
Look at the surrounding words: give yourself wholly to them, watch closely, persevere in them
That is total absorption, not just doing enough to get by or to look good.
Why be diligent?
Progress – You grow or advance.
Protection – You save yourself from many dangers.
Benefit to Others:
Pattern – They have an example when they look at your life.
Protection – They learn from you and avoid the hazards as well.
(Note: When verse 16 says “you will save both yourself and your hearers” it cannot refer to atonement for sin as Scripture clearly proclaims that only Jesus can save in that way. Rather, carefully attending to these things serves as a deterrent, preventative, and protection from so much that can beset us, hold us back, or bring ruin to our lives and testimonies.)
Diligence then, is not only a matter of obedience but it is also profitable. Let’s ask God to help us to be more diligent as we serve in the church and community, parent our children, and live to the glory of God in the workplace because character, truth, and stewardship matter in all of these settings, in whatever we do.