October 12, 2013
By Ed Croteau
Hebrews 11:6 "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."
The word here for ‘diligently’ means exerting to whole-heartedly attend to something (in contrast to what is merely superficial. It is a pursuit of God’s character that makes Him the focus of your life. It’s the same idea as Isaiah explains in Isaiah 55:1-2: "Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen DILIGENTLY to Me, and eat what is good; and let your soul delight itself in abundance. Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you – the sure mercies of David."
Be diligent in your search. Be hungry in your quest. Step away from the puny pursuits of possessions and positions, and seek your king. In his book "A Heart Like Jesus", Max Lucado explains how the Bible tells of those weren’t satisfied until they had diligently sought out Jesus:
"The shepherds weren’t satisfied to see angels – they had to see Him (Luke 2:8-17). The Magi didn’t want to see the light over Bethlehem – they had to see the Light of Bethlehem (Matt. 2:1-2). Simeon didn’t want to see the world before he died – he wanted to see the world’s Maker (Luke 2:25-31). John and Andrew weren’t satisfied to hear John the Baptist – they wanted to live with Jesus (John 1:35-39). Matthew wasn’t satisfied with a curbside talk with Jesus – so he took Jesus home with him (Matt. 9:9-10). Zacchaeus wasn’t satisfied to hear about Jesus – he went out on a limb to see Him (Luke 19:1-6)
God rewards those who truly want to find Him. Not those who seek doctrine or religion or systems or creeds. The reward goes to those who settle for nothing less than Jesus Himself. And what reward awaits those who seek Jesus? Nothing short of His heart. Can you think of a greater gift than to be like Him? As
2Corinthians 3:18 says, "…as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like Him."
Jesus felt no guilt - He wants to remove mine. Jesus humbled Himself for His Father’s work - He wants my humble spirit so He can work in me. Jesus was always under control - He wants me under His control. Jesus trusted completely in His Father - He wants me to trust completely in Him. Jesus always told the truth - He wants me to be a truthful person. Jesus showed love to the unlovable - He wants His love to show through me. Jesus was kind and mercy to the undeserving - He wants me to have the same. Jesus readily forgave anyone truly seeking it - He wants me to be a forgiving person. Jesus gave everything for me - He wants me to give everything for Him."
Ed Croteau is a resident of Lee’s Summit and hosts a weekly study in Lees Summit called "Faith: Substance and Evidence." He can be reached with your questions through the Lee’s Summit Tribune at Editor@lstribune.net.