The Reformed Reader

The Christian's Reasonable Service, 4 VolumesIt is biblical to say that Christians are called to follow Jesus and live the Christian life with diligence.  I appreciate how Dutch theologian Wilhelmus a Brakel (d. 1711) explained this:

“God has granted man a soul and a body, as well as the ability to be occupied and to glorify him with both.  …After the fall it is also God’s will that man be occupied, and he appoints every man to his labor (1 Cor. 7:20).  God wills that man not only perform his calling, but that he do so diligently.”

Brakel then talks about OT and NT words for diligence, and explains them like this: “This is expressive of dealing with a matter with utmost care and prudence for the purpose of assuring that the project might be executed and turn out well (Acts 18:25, Eph. 5:15, Luke 15:8, Rom. 12:8, etc.).”

“Diligence is the exertion of the…

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