|By J.T., Quezon City on 23 February 2012
Message 5 presents to us the second gem and nuggetâ€“ the need to be diligent. Man is created with the highest purpose, a purpose that can make us even leap for joy. Hallelujah! We are created to be Godâ€™s container â€“ to contain God and to express Him! We are Godâ€™s vessels. But we need to see that we need to be proper vessels in order to be useful in His hands, vessels able to work with God in His economy. To be a proper vessel, we must have a proper character. Although we believers have all received Godâ€™s life, our vessel, which has very much to do with our character, needs to be proper in order for the Lord to use us. Our usefulness to the Lord depends on whether we have a proper character or not. Our character is composed of 30% inborn nature and 70% acquired habits. We are reminded to consider our habits in our daily living (Hag.1:5), because our habits dictate our destiny.
The most important characteristic of a servant of the Lord is diligence. In Proverbs, this item of character was presented in its opposite state â€“slothfulness. Some symptoms of being slothful is to like to sleep (6:6-11), to be untidy (24:30-32), to be gluttonous, to love finding excuses (22:13), and to want results but not work.Â Once we are exposed concerning these things, we need to realize that we can not overcome these habits by our own, that we need more of Him to be infused into us. We need to remember that Proverbs is not a book of self-cultivation, but a book according to Godâ€™s economy. This book also instructs us to go to the ant and consider its ways and be wise. If we think about it, we would realize that no ant starves to death because they prepare well for all seasons that come. Oh, if we would be like the ant, we would never starve in our spiritual lives because we would always be diligently seeking the Lord and so always being filled with Him. As we love and serve the Lord, may we be not slothful in zeal, but be burning in spirit (Rom.12:11).