Diligence and Hard Work Scripture Writing Plan

If you are reading this around the time I’m writing this, September is here. For real.

It seems we’ve traveled at warp speed through 2017, doesn’t it? I know I don’t need to tell you this, but taking a few minutes every day to read and write a bit of God’s word is time well-spent. 

This month’s Bible reading and writing plan focuses on diligence and hard work. I chose this topic because of something I read over the summer….

… that the top pitfall of the American ministry worker today is not pornography (a close second), but LAZINESS.

Does that surprise you?

Scripture Writing plan: What does the Bible say about diligence and hard work?


Now you have to understand a little personal background. I grew up in a performance driven home.

Grace wasn’t the operative word and it definitely wasn’t the lifestyle. In fact, the school I attended required all students to sit with back straight, both feet on the floor, and hands neatly folded on our desk in front of us.

The only time we were permitted to move from this posture was when we were working with our pencils. Otherwise, if we didn’t sit like this, the entire class was {neatly and silently!} lined up and instructed to hold out our hands for the dreaded ruler smack.

I know about performance.

But I also know about grace. Praise Jesus!

When I went on the mission field, the Lord took me through a time of spiritual detox. Away from all the cultural influences I’d had up to that point, I began to see grace in God’s word like never before and truly understand it for the first time.

But here’s the problem we’re seeing today: the pendulum (at least in the Western church) has now swung from the performance end to the “anything goes” end. No longer do we hold ourselves and each other to a higher standard, pressing on to the prize of the high calling and “laboring with all our might” for the advancement of the Kingdom. (See Colossians 1:28-29) We use grace as an excuse for lack of discipline, chaos, selfishness, and sloth.

{By the way, this has troubled me in my own life, which is one of the reasons I put Grace Goals together a couple years ago.}

Scripture teaches grace is a motivator like none other, a source of inspiration and POWER to accomplish far more than performance, the law, and task-mastering ever could. That fires me up!

All of that to say, grace should motivate us to diligence and hard work.

This reading plan is a reminder to me of the personal excellence grace can enable in our lives. I hope it is a blessing to you. Just remember, grace isn’t just a “get out of jail free card.” It’s the engine that powers all the good works God has given you to do (Ephesians 2:8-10).

Bible reading and writing plan: Diligence and Hard Work

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Thanks for being a reader and friend. May God speak to your heart this week as you draw near to Him.

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