Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men (Proverbs 22:29).
Some Bible translations use the word serve for stand in the verse above, suggesting that the man who is diligent in his business would serve before kings; but that is not the picture. The word translated stand above actually means to set oneself in position or in place; whereas the word before used in the same verse means in presence of. This therefore, means that by being diligent in whatever you do, you set yourself up for greatness; you set yourself in position or in place among kings.
"Kings" here is not merely referring to someone with a crown on his head. It is a reference to authority, rulership, or the place of dominion. Whether it is in an industry, or even service in the house of God, being diligent brings you into a place of honour, influence, authority and greatness.
If you are a Pastor, for example, be diligent in your work; be committed to the ministry of the Word and prayer. Perform your pastoral duties faithfully and with diligence. Consider the words of Samuel to the people of Israel as he challenged them to serve God under their new king, Saul. Samuel maintained his role as priest and intercessor saying,
Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way (1 Samuel 12:23). How inspiring!
You have to pray for the people who are under you. It is a responsibility. If Samuel considered it a sin against God not to pray for the Israelites, it will also be a sin against God for you not to pray for those whom God has placed under your care as a Pastor or leader in His vineyard. So, whatever you do, be diligent, and it will set you apart for honour.