Importance of Diligence Part 1

February 4, 2013 — Leave a comment

Trusting In God Doesn’t mean we don’t work hard In Our Business

 There’s God’s part and there’s our part.

Trusting in God and not leaning on our own understanding or strength doesn’t mean we sit back and just wait for things to happen.  The Proverbs tells us, “He who has a lazy hand will become poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.” 10:4

Another proverb says this “Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.” 12:24 We are not to be afraid of hard work in fact we are to embrace it.

You will hear me often refer to a farmer and how the same principles that make a good farmer will make a successful businessman.

No farmer will succeed if he sits back and says, “I know that only God can cause the increase so I will just pray and wait for Him to grow the crop.”

No, God does His part but He calls us to plow the field, remove the rocks, break up the fallow ground, plant with the best seed that we can find, water the seeds and the plants, pull the weeds, dig around the roots to aerate, add the fertilizer to feed the plants, drive off the birds and the animals, water again, pull some more weeds and more.

Yes, it is true only God can cause the growth but we can partner with Him to bring forth a successful business. Yes, God can do it all He really doesn’t need us but He has established, in His wisdom, that for things to happen here on earth we do our part and he will do His part.

God has given us the great privilege to partner with Him in all that we do here on earth. God desires to work with us. He enjoys our company.

It’s easy to get this out of balance one way or the other. We can neglect our part and be lazy and unwise by not being diligent or we can lean too much upon or own strength and hard work and think that is by our hand we have accomplished this.

I learned this lesson the hard way once. I had been starting business in different parts of the country for several years. They were all started from scratch with hard work and virtually no capital.

Before long they began to grow and prosper. I applied good business principles was diligent and prayed that God would bless and He did.

But one time I scouted out a city and according to all the standards and guidelines it was the perfect place to start up a business. I jumped in and put everything in to play, the right advertising, the correct copy, good service, everything that worked before.

But this time it failed. It just wouldn’t get off the ground. As I humbly with my head bowed went to God and asked why this is what I believe He impressed me with.

Yes, it was an ideal city and yes I did everything right but I was leaning on my own strength and understanding and not enough on God to cause the growth. So God in His mercy to keep me dependent upon Him let the drought hit and taught me a very valuable lesson.

Jeff

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