Diligence

Bill Hitchcock October 6, 2016 0
Diligence

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6)

Only those filled with the faith of God and in God would expend the energy to “diligently seek him”. Action is the acid test of value. We do what is important to us. When we have faith and belief in God the expended energies are automatic, without thought, nor calculated or obligatory. It is our faith and belief in God that propels us forward, that causes us to diligently seek His righteousness and to be more like Him.

God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek 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” (Hebrews 6:10-12)

Do you know what was just said? When the evangelist said, “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”, all he was doing was re-wording God’s “love” commandment. “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength” and “love thy neighbour as thyself” (Mark 12:30-31).

Maybe not a re-wording it, but the evangelist is showing that our works and labors of love, ministering to the saints for God’s name and purpose-That’s a practical application of God’s “love” commandment. When we love God, that love through action will naturally flow out from us to our fellow man. It can’t be stopped.

“If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” (1 John 4:20)

The evangelist goes on to say that those who, “shew the same diligence” and “be not slothful” will inherit the promises. The idea of diligence and effort in our walk of faith towards God is reiterated. This is not to be confused with the works and deeds mindset which believes it can earn its way into heaven.

Being diligent is being faithful to God. It is being able to fend off the fiery darts of the devil with that shield of faith. We live in a sin filled world. Each day is a challenge to stay true to God and His word. It requires effort. It requires diligence on our part!

The evangelist goes on to say to not be “slothful” meaning don’t be lazy, languid or indolent. Slothful is derived from a word that means illegitimate, a bastard.

We must pursue after God. We must constantly seek His way and righteousness. We want to be, “no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God” (Ephesians 2:19).

We don’t want to be “strangers and foreigners”, or in other words illegitimate. We want to be the children of God, in the household of God, we want to be fellowcitizens.

Diligence, it requires diligence on our part. This diligence is a lifelong commitment. God is a rewarder to those that do.


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