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Diligent worker vs. worker bee - which one are you?

Proverbs 22:29, “Do you see a man diligent and skillful in his business? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.” AMP

             There are essentially two types of workers in the kingdom of God – a worker bee and a diligent worker.

             The worker bee is just what the term implies- a worker who is busy. The worker bee is very good at doing routine tasks. A worker bee often lacks confidence, personality, and interpersonal skills. Even though a worker is good at what they do, the worker is not well versed on explaining what they do and why. Truthfully, answering questions about tasks makes a worker bee uncomfortable. Unfortunately, it is not easy to get a worker bee to do something different than what they are used to doing. A worker bee is near equivalent to a slave and lives up to the “bee” term as in being busy. Sadly, a worker bee will not often take risks for fear of failure.

            On the other hand, there are diligent workers. Diligent workers are persistent in what they do. A diligent worker is knowledgeable and is confident in sharing any information they have with the people who may ask questions. Going above and beyond is a diligent worker’s trademark. Diligent workers believe in seeking, gaining, and sharing insight with others.  In essence, a diligent worker understands and believes in what they do and why they do it. No doubt, the diligent workers are always in charge, or have more responsibilities than other workers. Risk taking is a diligent workers companion, not out of foolishness, but out of faith.

            Jesus was a diligent worker for God. Jesus fully understood his purpose and persisted in sharing his knowledge. He personally gathered the disciples who would follow him; he was a leader. He asked thought provoking questions and answered questions in parables to help people better understand the kingdom of God. Jesus never did anything routine such as the time when he taught by the lake and had to climb in the boat to make room for everyone to hear his lesson (Mark 4:1).

Jesus’ legacy left behind from his diligent work was people’s belief in God. The people believed because they saw Jesus die on a cross and be raised to life. The work of Jesus continues today through the message he left behind.

            Striving for diligence is an attainable goal in working for God’s kingdom. Prayer and faith are the building blockers in transitioning from worker bee to diligent worker. By Christ’s example, workers “bees” can become those who see a long term vision for themselves and the kingdom of God.

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