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God rewards your effort. He rewards your work. He sees it, and He credits it to your account. He is thankful for the work you have done, and He demonstrates it by the rewards that He gives to those who work and serve Him.

For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:

That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
(Heb. 6:10-12)
God rewards your effort. He rewards your work. He sees it, and He credits it to your account. He is thankful for the work you have done, and He demonstrates it by the rewards that He gives to those who work and serve Him.

He's not unrighteous. He's a righteous God, and when you work and serve Him, He remembers it. He won't forget it. There's a reward that comes from diligently serving God.

The Spirit of God, through the writer of Hebrews, says that as you minister to God's saints, you show love to His name. In other words, you love God by loving those whom He loves.

Some people want to love the Lord, but they don't love or relate to the people who are on the earth; yet, the two are tied together. That's why the first and second commandments are always spoken together.

We are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and love our neighbors as ourselves, because the love for God produces love for people. John said we can't say we love God if we don't love our brother.

Verse 11 essentially says, "We urge, admonish and entreat you that you would show the same diligence in your life all the way through. As you started and as you are doing now, show the same diligence all the way through your life until you receive the hope that has been laid up for you."

In Verse 12, we're given a pattern: that you would follow those who through faith and patience have inherited the promises. He says, "Don't be slothful or lazy, but be diligent to follow those who have already gone ahead."

I like the way the writer of Hebrews expresses these verses in the J.B.Phillips Translation of the Bible. It relates more closely to the conversational tones of today.
God is not unfair; he will not lose sight of all that you have done nor of the loving labour which you have shown for his sake in looking after fellow Christians (as you are still doing).

It is our earnest wish that every one of you should show a similar keenness in fully grasping the hope that is within you, until the end.

We do not want any of you to grow slack, but to follow the example of those who through sheer patient faith came to possess the promises.
Be Diligent in Having a Servant's Heart
Find a place where you can give yourself on a regular basis to the ministry of the Body of Christ. Some people will serve the Lord for a little time and then quiet serving Him. They don't stay with it.

Victory Christian Center has been in existence for ten years now, and we've got some people in this church who have faithfully served the church since it started.

I think of Virginia White who works with our Missionettes. Every Wednesday night she works with up to 200 girls. We now have teenagers and girls in their early 20's who have gone through the Missionettes Program under her guidance. Virginia has been diligent, and she has paid a price. God is blessing her.

She wrote me a note and said, "Pastor, I raised my hand believing God for extra money to give for the Russian "This New Life" books. Within one week after making the commitment, I received the entire amount of my pledge."

Then she said, "I'm going to give more toward "This New Life" books you are giving out in Tulsa."

Virginia's life is a demonstration of faithfulness and diligence. God is blessing those who diligently serve Him. He is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love. He will reward you.

Be Diligent in Your World Vision
You need to have a world vision for witnessing, soul winning, sharing and giving out of what has been invested in you.

As you give away your faith and love to others, you will receive more back into your life.

Jesus said, "...Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men" (Matt. 4:19). If you are following Jesus, you will be witnessing to the lost. Your diligence in soul winning will produce great joy as you see others born-again.

Source: Diligence Produces Results by Billy Joe Daugherty
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

Author Biography

Billy Joe Daugherty
Web site: Victory Christian Center
Billy Joe Daugherty was founder and pastor of Victory Christian Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was also the founder of Victory Christian School, Victory Bible Institute and Victory World Missions Training Center.

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