Ezra 5:8 Working With Diligence

The king should know that we went to the district of Judah, to the temple of the great God. The people are building it with large stones and placing timbers in the walls. The work is being carried on with diligence and is making rapid progress under their direction. Ezra 5:8

No matter where one goes throughout the world there are always jobs that need to be completed. Work is always in progress to accomplish some task, whether small or great, with many or few people. How well and quickly the task is completed always depends upon how diligent the workers are.

The people around the area questioned the Israelites who were rebuilding the temple of God. The sent a letter to King Darius saying that the people were working very diligently and making great progress at building the temple.

Everyone that has a job, whether paid or volunteered, has to give some time and effort in order to complete it. The majority of people will work at it, but not with a whole heart. They will do the minimum work required to get the job completed. Often many get distracted and slow down on their progress.

Those who are focused and dedicated to doing their work will work with diligence. They will be very careful and work hard to complete the task. Distractions will be eliminated or at least minimized to keep the work moving forward.

Most of the people throughout the world are broken down and need Jesus to be rebuilt into a temple of God. Workers of God, believers, should work in being a witness and making disciples of those people. Diligence and hard work will be what it takes to rebuild His temple on this earth, making disciples of all people in all nations.

As with the Israelites and all believers, God has a work for you to do. Jesus left the earth telling His followers to go and make disciples in all the world. Do not allow yourself to be distracted by the enemy or the temporary things of this world. Put your focus on making disciples wherever you are.

Seek God’s direction and strength in whatever position you are to make disciples, building His kingdom on this earth. Make great progress in making disciples by being His witness and teaching anyone and everyone you can in every circumstance possible.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will do the work God has given you with great diligence; that you will be focused upon the work God has called you to do; that God will strengthen you to complete His work; that many will become followers of Jesus through your work and diligence.

2 Chronicles 34:12a Work Faithfully

The workers labored faithfully. Over them to direct them were Jahath and Obadiah, Levites descended from Merari, and Zechariah and Meshullam, descended from Kohath. 2 Chronicles 34:12

Work is something that nearly everyone has to do. While most people work for a paycheck, everyone does work. Some work without a paycheck taking care of their home or just finding food and shelter for themselves and possibly other family members. Some people work physically demanding jobs, while others work jobs that are mentally or emotionally demanding.

Regardless of what the job is or how easy or difficult it is, all jobs require doing it well.

Josiah had appointed the Levites to get the temple rebuilt. The workers worked faithfully under the leadership of various Levites.

In every workplace there are many different types of workers with many different types of jobs to be done. Some workers need to be pushed to get the job done, while others take the initiative to get it done on their own. Some need to be checked in on a regular basis to verify that they are doing the job correctly, while others don’t need to be watched as closely knowing that the job will be done. All of these types of workers can be found in the secular workplace as well as in the church.

Those who need to be watched closely are workers who are not working faithfully. No one should have to look over the shoulder of a believer to ensure the work is being done correctly. Everything that they do should be done as unto the Lord, faithfully with the best of their abilities.

In the end God is looking for servants who have done the work given them faithfully so that He can tell them that they did well.

Every day you have a job to do whether it is a paid or volunteer job. You have a choice as to how well you do that job.

Do not allow yourself to skip corners and cheat the system doing only a bare minimum or less than satisfactory job. Put your best effort into everything that you do. God has only given you His best efforts and nothing less, do the same for Him and others. Be faithful in your work, whether it is a little work or a lot of work. The world is watching, and God is watching.

Are you a faithful worker?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the work God has for you to do; that you will do all work as unto God; that you will be found faithful by God in everything given to you to do; and that the world will see Jesus in your work.

1 Chronicles 6:32 Performing Your Duties Correctly

They ministered with music before the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, until Solomon built the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem. They performed their duties according to the regulations laid down for them. 1 Chronicles 6:32

In both the workplace and the home everyone has certain duties that they are expected to perform. Some of those duties are actually written out in detail as what needs to be done on a regular basis. Many other duties are unwritten and undetailed but are expected to be completed.

Various things are often put in place to encourage completing all the duties one is supposed to do, though it is still up to the individual to complete the duty.

David had put some men in charge of ministering with music before the tabernacle until the temple was built. They performed their duties according to the regulations given them.

Everyone has some specific duties that they must perform on a regular basis. Most often this is specifically found in the workplace and is filled with details on what to do or not do and consequences of both sides of performance.

It is common for many people to try and find loopholes in getting out of doing some of their duty or doing less of it. Every day people are removed from positions because they are not performing their duties according to the regulations or expectations.

Believers not only have the regulations of the duties of their jobs, social and home lives, they also have the duties to be performed that have been laid out by God. The very least of these regulations are to live a holy life, flee sin, pray, be a witness and to build His kingdom.

How these things are done may vary from person to person, but each is expected by God to do his duty to the best of his ability with the strength of the Holy Spirit.

God has placed you on this earth with a purpose. He has a job for you to do that only you can perform. He has also given you all authority and power needed by the Holy Spirit to do what needs to be done.

Do not allow yourself to shirk your responsibility in completing the task God has set before you. Perform your duty according to the plan God has set before you and see God do amazing work through you to build His kingdom.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God expects you to do; that you will work in the power and strength of the Holy Spirit; and that you will do the work God has given you to do and according to His regulations.