Option Two- Week of July 17th

After reviewing the message notes, study the following verses on diligence. As you do, ask God to speak to you about (1) where you are currently doing well in giving diligent attention and (2) where you need to focus some attention to do better.

The Bible warns us about the dangers of laziness…

Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find.

Proverbs 12:27 (NLT)

…and also about how we are prone to make excuses to get away with being lazy.

13 The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion on the road! Yes, I’m sure there’s a lion out there!” 14 As a door swings back and forth on its hinges, so the lazy person turns over in bed. 15 Lazy people take food in their hand but don’t even lift it to their mouth. 16 Lazy people consider themselves smarter than seven wise counselors.

Proverbs 26:13-16 (NLT)

But diligence looks like this…

Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NLT)

And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.

Colossians 3:17 (NLT)

Do you see any truly competent workers? They will serve kings rather than working for ordinary people.

Proverbs 22:29 (NLT)

5 Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.

Colossians 4:5-6 (NLT)

The secret to a vital faith is diligently applying ourselves to follow Him…

5 In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. 8 The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins. 10 So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away.

2 Peter 1:5-10 (NLT)

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