SUCCEEDING ON THE JOB (4)

If you want to succeed on the job here’s a character quality you need to develop: diligence. When asked, ‘What’s your biggest challenge?’ employers usuall say, ‘Finding and keeping good people .’ It makes or breaks any business. ‘A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.’ Diligence calls for being self-disciplined, motivated, alert, dependable, and entails following through. The Bible says, ‘Diligence is….precious’ (Proverbs 12:27 NKJV) because it’s so hard to find.
Diligent workers are worth their wages: ‘The plans of the diligent lead to profit’ (Proverbs 21:5 NIV). In God’s system the boss should profit by you and you should profit by him. Indeed diligent people plans to be profitable employees. Do you want to prosper? See that your employer prospers! Diligent workers rejoice in this, lazy workers resent it. Diligence, not politics and manipulation, will get you promoted. ‘Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slaves labour’ (Proverbs 12:24 NIV). In God’s economy you determine whether you became ‘ruler’ or ‘slave’ by how hard you’re willing to work. Lazy employees complain about the unfair boss, the stacked system, the ‘company men’ who look out for the boss and the boss who looks out for them. They want the privileges others get but they’re not willing to work for them. ‘The sluggard craves and get nothings’ (Proverbs 13:14 NIV) because ‘his hands refuse to work’ (Proverbs 21:25 NIV). ‘But the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied’ (Proverbs 13:4 NIV). They get it all: the satisfaction of job well done, a reputation for integrity, the trust, of others, job security, profit, promotion, and importantly, the Master ‘s well done.

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