“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
There is one word in this verse that defines what a true Christian is more than any other. It’s the word earnestly. Believing in God’s existence is not enough. The demons in hell believe and tremble in fear at the sound of His name (James 2:19). Many people too numerous to count will be sorely astonished and amazed when the last day comes and their name is not counted among the redeemed. It takes more than belief; it takes earnest faith. One must make it his or her sincere intent to know Christ and by extension God, so that they can begin to fully understand who He is and who we are in Him. We are His children. We are His delight. He created us for His own good pleasure. God desires that we know Him even as we are known by Him.
To earnestly seek God is to determine in your heart that you will search for the deeper nuances of His character so as to more completely comprehend the bigger picture of what this whole Christian life is all about. Think about it. Why is Jesus Christ the only name used as a curse? Not Buddha, not Mohammed, only Jesus. It’s to cheapen the value of His name. Think about why Christians are the ones being martyred and not Hindus or Buddhists or Jehovah’s Witness or Mormons, only Christians. What is it about Christianity that makes us living targets in this world? It’s no different then it was in Jesus world. He was targeted by of all people the religious leaders. He posed a threat to their pious little world of rules and restrictive regulations. Today, Christ poses a threat to the world’s system of ignorant ambivalence.
Christ is returning for those who have diligently sought to live for Him, not for those who play church. Make yourself ready. The King is coming. Is He coming for you? Until Christ’s return, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language