Due Diligence

Due Diligence | 3dlessons4life.com

 

I have a confession to make. I love my couch.

I could sit on my couch all day reading a book or watching a movie and never get up except if I have to go tinkle.

This is not an exaggeration.

I could live in my pajamas permanently.

I am a fan of naps, binge watching Fixer Upper for extensive hours, and trolling Facebook until my finger hurts.

I’d rather eat potato chips on the couch than clean my house or go to the grocery store.

I feel that you should know this about me before we move any deeper into our friendship.

At the core, I am secretly a couch potato who would love to have a personal valet so that things would get done around my messy house.

The other night I was sitting comfy on my couch in my jammies when I read a verse in Proverbs that made my want to curl up into the fetal position and have a good cry:

The soul appetite of the lazy person craves and gets nothing for lethargy overcomes ambition, But the soul appetite of the diligent who works willingly is rich and abundantly supplied. ~ Proverbs 13:4, AMP

I’m not giving God due diligence.

God isn’t interested in my leftovers. He doesn’t like it when I am inattentive and indifferent to what He’s placed in my care.

He hasn’t called me to a vigilant focus on Instagram and Amazon daily deals.

Tonight I read up on diligence in my Bible because I hear God impressing that word on my heart. The words of Isaiah challenged me: “Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food” (Is 55:2, ESV).

Am I diligently delighting in what will feed my spirit?

I want my heart to zealously pursue what pleases my Father. So, I am taking notes on what He considers due diligence.

4 Ways to Give God Due Diligence

  • Fuel your faith with ARDOR and zeal: Fan the flames of your faith daily and continue growing in your reverence for God. Stamp out any flickers of doubt and apathy.
    • For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness,  and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall (II Peter 1:3-10, ESV).
  • Choose to APPLY your energy toward eternal priorities: Remember that today is a gift and purpose to make every minute count for God’s Kingdom purposes. Pursue what pleases your Master with the goal of greatly glorying Him.
    • Therefore see that you walk carefully living life with honor, purpose, and courage; shunning those who tolerate and enable evil, not as the unwise, but as wise sensible, intelligent, discerning people, making the very most of your time on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence, because the days are filled with evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16, AMP).
  • Keep hope ACTIVE in your heart: Keep looking forward with expectation trusting that your faithful God is at work. Continue patiently putting feet to your faith and moving forward with eagerness because you know that greater things are yet to come.
    • God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God. It’s a good thing when you’re young to stick it out through the hard times” (Lamentations 3:25-27, MSG).
  • Stay ALERT to His handiwork: Remember to look for splashes of His grace in your day and write down how His hand is evident and at work in your life. Be mindful of His abundant blessings and live with a thankful disposition.
    • “Pray diligently. Stay alert, with your eyes wide open in gratitude” (Colossians 4:2, MSG).

Hear the heart of your Savior: “I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference” (Revelation 3:19, NLT).

I’m praying for God to give me a diligent heart.

I want to get up from the couch and cozy up to Jesus.

The diligent effort required to walk with prudence and purpose will have an eternal payoff. 

 

 

 

 

 

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28 Responses to Due Diligence

  1. Megs February 9, 2017 at 6:51 am #

    Diligence is a fantastic word to focus on!
    Thank you for the encouragement.
    Happy Thursday!
    Megs

  2. Joanne Viola February 9, 2017 at 7:17 am #

    Such a good word!

  3. LAUREN Tonge February 9, 2017 at 8:06 am #

    Hello from a fellow couch lover…I wanted to stop reading before you got the truth of scripture! This was amazing. Pinned in multiple places!!

  4. Brenda February 9, 2017 at 8:17 am #

    Oh,those fixer-upper shows can suck you right in, can’t they? 🙂 Love your #3 — keep hope active in your heart. <3

  5. Betsy de Cruz February 9, 2017 at 8:49 am #

    Thanks so much for this encouragement! I love # 3 too. Keep hope active in my heart. I needed to read this just now!

  6. Kristi Woods February 9, 2017 at 9:22 am #

    You make me smile. Personal valet – love it! Good tips, Lyli, for due dilligence.

  7. Michele Morin February 9, 2017 at 9:49 am #

    Yes, and for those of us who have Energizer Bunny syndrome, our due diligence is to STOP and to pay attention to the greatness of God, realizing that the world will keep on spinning without our eyes on it.
    Thanks, Lyli, for encouraging us to honor God because of who He is.

  8. Natalie February 9, 2017 at 11:14 am #

    You shared some words that spur me on today, Lyli. Thanks. Number 2 has me thinking.

  9. Gayl Wright February 9, 2017 at 11:49 am #

    Lyli, thanks so much for sharing this. I am often the same way. I’d much rather sit and scroll through facebook, or read blogs or look at Instagram than be up doing other things. But you are right, we need to be diligent in following the leading of God and do what he has called us to do. Of course we all need times of rest, but I know what you mean about sitting too long on the couch. 🙂 This is truth here: “The diligent effort required to walk with prudence and purpose will have an eternal payoff. ” Thanks for being vulnerable and encouraging at the same time! Blessings to you!

  10. Sue Donaldson February 9, 2017 at 12:24 pm #

    I love you more, now. Chips, pj’s and a big white and wide couch. Yep. I’ll join you with my Bible and seek God more diligently. xx

  11. Ruth February 9, 2017 at 12:47 pm #

    Offering up a prayer in agreement with you for a diligent heart. May the Lord bless you with this and so much more.
    Amen.

  12. Kathryn Ross February 9, 2017 at 3:15 pm #

    Stay ALERT to His Handiwork–Love this one. Winds blowing and white snow covering the bleak sins of a winter landscape. He declares His Word in all Creation–my favorite topics to meditate on and discover in His Word.
    Joy!
    Kathy

  13. Elizabeth Stewart February 9, 2017 at 6:05 pm #

    This is so, so good!

  14. Tiffany Parry February 9, 2017 at 7:50 pm #

    I hear you, Lily. I’m a couch loving pajama gal myself. And Proverbs rips me open often. I love your words of encouragement and wisdom on choosing God first – on holding fast to hope and applying diligence to our lives. Thank you!

  15. Lux G. February 9, 2017 at 10:07 pm #

    There’s so much truth in this and I wish I’ve read this when I was younger. 🙂

  16. Donna Reidland February 9, 2017 at 11:10 pm #

    I’m with you on the jammies. I could live in mine, too! Thanks for hosting!

  17. Dolly February 10, 2017 at 2:30 pm #

    Lyli,

    Love the reminder to daily choose what is eternal over what is temporal 🙂 Blessings to you 🙂

  18. June February 10, 2017 at 4:48 pm #

    Ouch! Convicting words, my friend. That’s why I love you. Blessings on your weekend.

    • Lyli @3-D Lessons for Life February 11, 2017 at 9:39 am #

      Love you, too, June! Thanks for being such a cheerleader friend. — I am thankful that God extends us grace. We are works in progress. 🙂

  19. Lisa notes February 10, 2017 at 5:21 pm #

    I can be a couch potato too, but my couch is my bed. 😉 “I want to get up from the couch and cozy up to Jesus.” Yes! Amen.

  20. Stacey Thureen February 11, 2017 at 6:35 am #

    Great wisdom, Lyli! Thank you! Blessings 🙂

  21. Linda Stoll February 11, 2017 at 10:06 am #

    Oh … yes! I love my couch, too, friend.

    Glad I’m not the only one. And grateful God whispers to us even when we’re curled up in the fetal position …

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