Fervent in spirit
“Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord”. Mat 25:23
It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to maintain a diligent spirit towards God and His Kingdom in our everyday lives. Evidently, the spirit of diligence is at work in NCCkl. Even though God is a doer of these things, the spirit of diligence brings them to manifestation.
A diligent spirit is a spiritual virtue and a key ingredient required for success in our spiritual lives.
It showcases persistence, determination, consistency and earnestness to complete a task in Christ. Diligence is the platform for excellence. The reward of diligence is creativity, promotions, order and establishment. Elects must be spiritually diligent in their lives and be conscientious about growing spiritually. Listed are several aspects of diligence that elects can pursue :
- A Diligent Spirit Aspires To Glorify God
The word ‘diligent’ is a biblical word that is used to express the need for fervency to show great care and conscientiousness in one’s work or duties in spiritual matters. Let me interject at the outset that all elects at NCCkl are striving to hear the Lord say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” In order to hear the words ‘well done’ elects have to do it with a fervent spirit. ‘Well done’ is a task or undertaking carried out successfully or satisfactorily. Josh 11:15 One of the many complaints Jesus had with the Pharisees was the fact that they were not diligent about spiritual matters. Lk 11:42 It is important to know that God does not overlook what we don’t do by what is done or accomplished in our lives. A diligent spirit will not settle for something half done! When it comes to our service to the Lord, we cannot do it half way! Hos 7:8 Half done is worthless to God. There is a danger of fulfilling spiritual services with the worldly spirit. Israel worshipped and served idols and they also worshipped and served Jehovah. Elects cannot mix worldly approach with services to the Lord. Like oil and water, they are meant to be separated.
- A Diligent Spirit Leaves No Room For Anything Less
When an elect has a diligent spirit, it completely fills his life to the place that isn’t any room for complacency, apathy, slothfulness and worldliness. Spiritual complacency depicts an attitude that accepts failure easily, self satisfied and unconcerned for betterment. Spiritual apathy displays an absence of emotion or enthusiasm and lack of interest or drive for spiritual matters. Spiritual slothfulness shows laziness and lack of desire for spiritual endeavors. Spiritual worldliness expresses concern with worldly affairs to the neglect of spiritual needs.
- A Diligent Spirit Produces Godly Qualities
Elects who are diligent are constant in their efforts to accomplish something for the Lord. They are attentive and persistent in whatever they do. Exo 15:26 Elects with fervent spirit are diligent in hearing the voice of God and always do what is right in God’s sight. A lack of diligence will cause the elects to lose that which we have received through the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. However, a spirit of diligence can cause the elects to find what they have lost in the past. Lk 15:8 God rewards our diligence in seeking the Kingdom of God. Heb 11:6 Elects possessing a diligent spirit would constantly watch one another to ensure none falls back from and fails to secure God’s Righteousness and grace. Elects practicing diligence would not allow root of bitterness in their hearts. Heb 12:15 A diligent spirit cause the elects to make necessary preparations by the guidance of the Holy Spirit to usher the soon coming Lord of Glory. 2 Pet 3:14