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"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,  since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving( Col 3:23-24)

All babies have a certain grip over mothers breast while sucking. Even though it is quite clear no one is going to take away their favourite mug, babies latch on to a mothers breast with a certain zest. It's like, "I have got you and you are going nowhere!" Once full and satisfied, they relax back with satisfaction, finally letting go.

What has just happened here is one example of dilligence. The baby has all his heart into something and would not let it go until done.

In like manner, the Apostle Paul is advising us that in whatever we do let us "work with all your heart!" Among the multiple ways we do witness Christ, diligence is certainly one way. Whenever we exhibit diligence we manifest our most profound beliefs and the work of Christ in us.

The civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr, once said, "If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well! "

Of course, Martin Luther King Jr. is also saying this for our self-preservation. After all, years ago, Solomon had shared a profound warning, "How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man"   (Proverbs 6:9- 11).

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray that I am dilligent in all that I do, as manifestation of your grace and witness, this I pray in Jesus's name.