“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for He who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV)
It’s almost here: March Madness is on the horizon. It’s the highlight of college basketball One of the many attributes necessary for any high-level sport is true diligence. Over the years, I’ve observed many games where both teams exhibited a great amount of “diligence” on the basketball court. I’ve seen tremendous effort, extreme perseverance, and an intense commitment to execute the strategic plays drawn out on coaches’ clipboards! Often, both teams embrace tenacity and perseverance in order to reach for the prize…a team win!
We see diligence in other arenas of life: Diligence in the workplace influences the quality of productivity. Diligence is the difference between doing the minimum to get by and pursing excellence by giving your best.
Diligence in the schools influences academic performance. Students who are diligent in reviewing and studying their notes, etc., naturally perform higher on assessments. Diligence in marriages influence the longevity of commitments. Couples who are diligent about making their marriage work embrace responsibility and commit to maintain healthy communication. In their diligence, couples invest and nurture their relationship, protecting it at all costs.
Folks who practice diligence are not lazy. In fact, the opposite is true; they press forward, keeping the end goal always in the forefront of their minds. Our God attaches high value to the art of exercising true diligence. He misses absolutely nothing: Our God both sees and knows who is serious (and not so serious) about seeking and investing the time necessary to connect and intimately relate to Him.
God wants us to be spiritually diligent. In fact, when you and I are diligent in our pursuit, God comes up along side of us, determining and directing our steps forward. Why? Because “God wants us to get where God wants us to go MORE than we want to get where God wants us to go.” Diligence helps gets us there. When in a personal, close relationship with God, the measure of our spiritual growth is directly proportional to the effort (or diligence) we invest, intentionally pursuing wisdom, knowledge, and understanding our Lord promises to provide. It’s been said the plans of God are only revealed in the presence of God. We have 24/7 access to both God and His word to help guide us along the way.
Every act of faith, no matter how small, pleases the heart of God and being diligent in our pursuit of Him will only feed it!
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.
Based on Growing Faith is God’s Plan for Every Christ Follower on March 9th, 2019 - Watch Sermon