Diligence Leads to Growth
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and thathe is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Diligently here means: to search out, to investigate, crave, demand; in other places it is translated as something required – Not only am I to seek the Lord, but I’m going to put it upon myself, demand it of myself, require it of myself to seek after Him and to know Him.
Something will happen to a person that pours their life into knowing God. There is a process that starts to take place. You will start studying God’s Word, you will start to know God’s people, and join a Bible believing church. You will start to grow and learn the Principles of God’s Word.
As a result of those PRINCIPLES, you will start to develop CONVICTION. What is this conviction – it is being convince of something. Of what? That this book belongs to God and that you need to live by it. So, we decide to learn seek God, we learn from His (God’s) Word, His church, and other believers and we become convinced that this is His Book and His will. Then, we have to decide what we are going to do about it. We are going to have develop what we call our STANDARDS – or guidelines that we develop because of the conviction we have from the Principles we have learned from His Word.
A standard for us is “that which is established as a rule or model.” The interesting thing is the root word of standard “STAND.” Basically it is a place where I choose to stand. It is deciding to stand for what is right and balance our lives in the responsibilities God has given us. To draw a line of what is important, and balancing the priorities we talked about last Sunday afternoon. There is not room here to say too much, but it starts with learning the PRINCIPLES of God’s Word, being CONVINCED of the truths therein, and setting up STANDARDS and rules for my life and my family to keep the things written in God’s Word.