Text: Proverbs 22: 29. Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
Diligence entails commitment, patience, hard work, discipline and many more.
Things don’t just happen, no man gets to the top without a well-prepared process.
A parable was told of a man who hired some laborers at a different hour to work for him, but rewarded each steward equally at the evening. (Matthew 20)
I believe from this parable, what triggered the owner of the vineyard to give equal pay to both the last worker and the first workers was an attitude of diligence he saw during their little hour of labor.
Diligence will give you a stand and equal treatment with kings.
Responding to calls, appointment, instructions, at the time needed, is a great act of diligence.
To further expand the lessons from our parable in Matthew 20, you’ll notice that the last laborer who was employed, had toiled all day, the men he came out with for a day job already have found something doing and he had nothing, yet he never gave up.
Beloved, it doesn’t matter how long you have stayed without finding something to do.
The first prophet you must believe for you to be prosperous is you. You are the prophet of your own destiny.
Despite the time this man came and joined them, he still achieved the same result as the other men.
Be strong in whatever your hand has found to do.
You might start small, remain faithful and diligent in your service to the one who delights in seeing a project started, He alone rewards little beginning.
That man kept the faith, he was there from 8 am, under the Sun, the rain probably, waiting for his employment.
He knew if he had gone home empty again, the wife would nag again, the children would cry again. He knew the future was ahead not behind.
Diligence, detail, patience, perseverance, endurance, commitment, love, gentleness, this man never gave up and when his time came, he was employed and received the same reward as those that started in the morning.
Examine your life and daily activities, deal with profitless and nonprofit activities, it’ll help you focus more on God’s proposed plan for your life