Diligence To The Full Assurance Of Hope
How often do we start a thing-make a resolution, set a goal, commit to a change- only to lose our enthusiasm and stop our forward progress, sometimes even taking a few steps backward?
Us humans are feeble creatures that struggle with diligence. In Hebrews 6, Paul exhorts the Hebrews, and us, not to fall away from faith. In verse 9 he says, "we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation..."
He speaks in this chapter about repenting from dead works. He says that we can crucify the Son of God afresh and bear thorns (verses 6-8). If we are not diligent, we can lose our way. But, God has better things for us. With our higher calling comes a higher responsibility. To show the same diligence from the moment of our salvation, our hope, all the way to the end.
"That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises."
Only by faith and patience, through diligence, can we receive the promises of God.
The apostles are calling the Hebrews to grow up into Christ. To lay up the doctrines of Jesus in their hearts and press on diligently.
The end of the chapter speaks of Abraham and how only after he "patiently endured" did he receive what God had promised him.
Let us not miss out on God's promises because we give up too soon.
Some promises we may not see fulfilled until Christ second coming, but let us walk in faith diligently knowing all of God's Word shall be fulfilled.
When I have made a commitment in the past and failed, what was the cause? How can I be more diligent with the life, time, and knowledge God has given me?
Help me to be diligent in all I do. To stay committed to You. To hide Your Word in my heart and wait patiently for Your promises to be fulfilled knowing by faith that You will bring them to pass. Put hope in my heart as an anchor to my soul, sure and steadfast. (verse 19)
Above all fill me with Your Holy Spirit to teach me to be faithful in all things as You are faithful.
May I cooperate with You so that the good work you have begun in me may be steadfast until completion.