not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; (Romans 12:11, NKJV)
Are you eager to live for Christ today? Are you attentive to being true to Him and serving His will? Such eagerness is a defining trait of the faithful Christian. “Lagging in diligence” denotes tardiness and slothfulness. We are to be fervent in our disposition toward the Lord and His cause. Lagging behind in diligence connotes timidity, holding back and hesitation when we ought to confidently do God’s will. We have work to do, and “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” by which to accomplish it (2 Tim. 1:7). Zealous faith energizes one’s service to the Lord. Commit yourself to being eagerly attentive to serve the Lord. Spiritual diligence invigorates us to “press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14).
6 Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, 7 Which, having no captain, Overseer or ruler, 8 Provides her supplies in the summer, And gathers her food in the harvest. 9 How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep— 11 So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, And your need like an armed man.” (Proverbs 6:6–11, NKJV)
Ants are fascinating to watch. They labor away, working ceaselessly to feed themselves. And, they work together (how many divided ant hills have you seen?). The ant exerts itself, teaching us to do the same and so avoid the danger that comes with laziness. An even greater danger exists when we choose to be spiritually lazy rather than being “fervent in spirit, serving the Lord” (Rom. 12:11). There is spiritual work that needs doing. Jesus said, “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work” (Jno. 9:4). Learn from the ant and know the value of labor. Then, like Jesus, be a diligent and faithful worker for God.