Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.
2 Timothy 2:15
Christians can sometimes be confused about the idea of “work” in a religion that is based on “grace.” We are saved by grace, not by works, Paul wrote (Ephesians 2:8-9). Yet there is work—diligent work—to be done by those who are saved (Ephesians 2:10). And the New Testament writers spare no words in saying the Christian life requires hard, diligent work—our very best efforts for the sake of Christ and His kingdom.
The New Testament word “be diligent” (spoudazo) means to make haste, to make every effort, to be eager, to do your very best. And that is the attitude and approach we are to have in our service for Christ. We are not saved by doing our best, but we express our gratitude for our salvation by being diligent in our service. Think of the apostles. We know more of Paul’s labors than anyone else’s, but none of them could be accused of being lazy or careless.
How about your service for Christ? How would those around you describe your approach? Diligent, giving your very best, eager, making haste—or not? Make today a day of diligence for the Lord, giving your best to Him who gave His all for you.
Keep your heart with all diligence and God will look after the universe.
A. W. Tozer