Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, as worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But Shun propane babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness
2 Timothy 2:15-16 NKJV
Friend, diligent Christian faith has for such a long time been associated with many myths; these myths are widely spread and wrongly accepted mistruths told about Christians and their faith which sows unbelief and stifles excellence. They are tales which make a mockery of your dutiful diligence in the things God, fables which cast aspersions on faith which is hard at work: sowing, praying, giving and doing good. But here is what the bible says concerning diligent faith which you have in Christ: do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings, he shall not stand before unknown men Proverbs 22:29 (NKJV). Now, this is praise worthy!
Say this with me: I am diligent in all I have been appointed to through Christ. I live a life of righteousness. I do the works of God. His works in me makes me excellent. I am excellent in my thoughts, excellent in my walk, excellent in my talk, I am excellent through Christ Jesus. Through my diligence in the things of God, the Lord has made me blameless, he has caused me to stand on hinds feet and set me upon my high places. Praise Jesus!
Listen, you have Godly diligence in you because of your faith in Christ. You have the God gifted ability to go after the good life, the capacity to do good, the will to give generously, the strength to live righteously. You have it in you by the holy spirit who lives in you. And now you can practice it, you can put it to work and, as a gift, you can stir it up. But this is contrary to what these myths profess or teach about Christian diligence. They teach doctrines maliciously rumoured and mixed in with the gospel, in order to give it some value or an air of credibility to the less discerning. They are like bad seeds sown into the ground along with good seeds, thoroughly mixed in with the good seeds so much so they are indistinguishable to the untrained eyes. And when these bad seeds take root and grow, they even choke out the good seed. They are false truths because like false witnesses they bring into the disrepute the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ.
But thanks be to God for his word which is your light. By faith in the word of God you can quench every fiery dart of unbelief, you can dispel every lie, you can uncover the truth and bring it to light. As his word reveal, Jesus did good always during his life here on earth; he showed us all we need to know about diligent faith. Here is how the bible described him: How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power who went about doing good and healing everyone who was oppressed by the devil, for God was with him (Acts 10:38 NKJV). It is the ministry of the holy spirit and the gift of the grace of God upon a believing Christian which empowers to do good and provides the ability to do righteous acts. Paul puts it this way: be diligent to present yourself approved to God, as worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But Shun propane babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness (2 Timothy 2:15-16 NKJV). Dear friend, it is your God given responsibility to live diligently! And you live diligently by getting into the word of God, pursuing it to know all that God has given you, all he has made ready for you and all he has for you to do. Then continuing in this diligent lifestyle, you put all you learn to practice, you put your faith to work. And even if it start to take little longer to yield your expected results, applying even more diligence, you do not give up. Instead you persevere faithfully. Much like same determination you put into getting results in natural pursuits: you get up early, you show confidence, you put in the hours, you do it again and again until you become a master of it, you become excellent in it and you see the results. Praise God!
Say this with me: Through the word of God, I put down every myth contrary to diligent faith. His word gives me all the light that I need to walk diligently, persevere strongly and work dutifully. By his word, my paths have been made righteous: I walk in righteousness for the glory of his name. By the power of the holy spirit, I fervently practise goodness, truth and righteousness. Praise God!
Beloved, the bible oft reminds us that God is not mocked. In other words God cannot be fooled, the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ cannot be ridiculed. So, do not expect to harvest where you have not sown. You get nothing—no results, no harvest—if when you put your seed in the ground, day by day without patience, you dig it up again. You dig it up because you are not diligent enough to wait for it, not disciplined or experienced enough to believe it. Get this, your words are like seeds, God’s word on your lips is your seed, you speak it to sow it, you sow in the ground of your heart. And once sown, you apply diligent faith to see your harvest! Remember God’s word according to James 1:5-8 (NKJV): If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like the wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man unstable in all his ways.
Nature itself demands and rewards hard work. If nature gives good rewards to those who excel in its works, why should you think God would not reward his children for the things of him which they so diligently do? So do not give in to these myths, refuse to give to ear to tales which say that God cannot be pleased or that God cannot be moved by your fervency or by your diligent pursuit of godliness. These are good works which through Christ you have been called to do. Does it not say in his word, that God, the father of our Lord Jesus is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him? Does it not say in his word that the eyes of God are on those who do good his ears are open to their prayers? Does it not say in his word that you pursue after righteousness? (Hebrews 6:11, 1 Peter 3:12, 1 Timothy 6:11). You have been made alive to God through Christ Jesus so that being dead to sin you can serve righteousness; you have been made free from dead works to serve the living God. Hallelujah!
So do not yield to suggestions that hard work, in this dispensation of grace, is legalistic and as such it never pays; this is just another rendition of this myth. One which conflates the truth. The word of God makes a clear distinction, there are two types of works: the works of the flesh and the works of the spirit. Everyone is hard at work serving one of these: the bible says that those who are of the flesh cannot please God, but they that are led by the spirit are the sons of God. As God’s precious child, I want you to know that you have been born of the holy spirit and equipped, through Christ Jesus, with all you need to serve him in spirit and live the good life you were appointed to. As you apply this truth to your Christian walk, I believe you will see increase and you will multiply your seed. The Lord will cause his excellence to guide you in all you do.
Say this with me: Through the cross of Christ, I am dead to the works of the flesh and I am alive to God; The spirit of God who lives in me has created within me the desire and the power to do good works and to live righteously. I am living the good life that God planned in advance for me even before he made the universe. I am making great strides and doing excellent things. Amen.