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 (NIV)
Do you want to please me? Yes, I want to please you. How can I please you? You cannot please me with your best self-effort. You cannot please me by your own accomplishments. You cannot please me with self-sacrifices. There is only one way that you please me. How is that? You only please me by coming to me. You can only please me by living in an intimate relationship with me. I am your God and Father. You are my child. I made you to live in fellowship with me. I have no doubt about that. It is the desire of my heart to know you. I want to love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. These desires, this hope and dream does not come from me. You placed these desires and hopes and dreams in my heart. Yes, I did.
What will you do because you believe in me? What will you do because you want to come to me? What will you do because you want to live in an intimate relationship with me? I will seek you with all my heart. What will that look like? I will set aside a time and a place to meet with you. I will live my life in a constant dialogue with you. I will listen attentively to you. I will speak earnestly with you. I will set my hope and heart and mind and life on you. I will make meeting with you in your word a daily priority in my life. I will allow you to use your word to mold and shape my life. I will allow your word to help me to know and strengthen me to do your will. That will be very good.
What reward will there be in earnestly seeking me with all your heart? Knowing and loving you with all my heart will be my reward. Living and walking in your presence will be my reward. Following and obeying you will be my reward. Knowing that I am doing what is pleasing to you will be my reward. Bearing fruit for your kingdom and bringing glory to your name will be my reward. One day when I come to live forever in heaven with you and hear you say, “Well done, good and faithful servant”, will be my reward. Yes, it will. I’m looking forward to that day. That is very good.
Lord, I do believe in you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I will come to you. I will make earnestly seeking you the pursuit of my life. I know without a doubt that as I seek you I will find you. Grow my faith in you as I love, follow and serve you. Amen
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