Invited to Diligence

14 12 2005

Invited to Diligence

Scripture:
Hebrews 6:10-12 (NIV) 10God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. 11We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure. 12We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

Hebrews 10:25,35 (NIV) 25Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

 35So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) 1Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Observations:
Diligence.  That is a word we don’t hear very often.  It is a cousin to vigilance, and perseverance.  These are values not particularly esteemed in our culture.  Along with honor, respect, and obedience.  Hmmm…  yet, these are the very traits that we, as disciples of Christ, would expect to value in our lives.

The passage from Hebrews 10:25 takes on a new meaning to me.  I had always viewed this as a command of sorts, but now I see it as an invitation.  Like a coach mentoring me into a better life, Paul asks me to continue meeting with others.  As I follow his advice I am more inclined to find happiness, community, peace, and victory.

This goes hand in hand with the perseverance and diligence – I am more likely to have confidence when I band together with others.  This is where my faith will be strengthened.

Application:
Invitational, not directional.  That is what God is calling me to be.  Invitational.

Prayer:
Father God, teach me how to invite others to come under Your circle of influence and to join your Kingdom.  This is where happiness, confidence, and victory are found.

gw

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