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)
In everything I think, say and do I want to please you. Sometimes I have a hard time believing that it would be possible for me to please you. Why is that? You are perfect. You are Holy. I am imperfect. I am a sinner. If that were completely true then you are right, it would be impossible for you to please me. What isn’t completely true about what I said? You tell me. I am positive that you are perfect and holy. Yes, I am, that is not where you made a mistake. I also said that I am imperfect and I am also a sinner. Yes you did, what is wrong about that statement? Well, I have been forgiven and cleansed of all my unrighteousness. Yes, that’s right and what else? I have been made holy and perfect in your Son, Jesus Christ. His righteousness is now my righteousness. He has made me pure and holy in your sight. Yes, that is what He has done for you. So, now I can do what pleases you, is that correct? Yes, that is correct. Do you have faith to believe this? Yes, I believe that I can now do what pleases you. Yes, you can please me. Yes you do please me.
What do you think pleases me? I’m not positive. What must you do if you want to please me? Now, that I do know. If I want to please you I know that I must earnestly seek you. What does it mean to earnestly seek me? I earnestly seek you with all my heart and mind and soul. Everything that is within me desires to seek you. The focus of all my attention is on seeking you. There is nothing I would rather do than seek you. There is no place that I would rather be than in your presence. Why is it that you are so earnest in your desire to seek me? I love you with all my heart and mind and soul. You have made me. You have saved me. You have forgiven me. You are molding and shaping me. You have made me to be your child. You are my Father. Yes, I am and all that is within me loves you. You have learned to love me because I have first loved you. Yes, of that I am positive.
What will happen to you as you earnestly seek me? I will know you. I will know your will and your ways. I will know for sure what you are calling me to do for you. You will help me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I will go where you guide me and do what you ask of me. Then I will know and do what is pleasing to you. Yes, you will.
What will you receive from me as you earnestly seek me and do what pleases me? You will reward me. I’m not sure what your rewards will look like. It is rewarding enough to be called your child. It is rewarding enough to be used by you. It is rewarding enough to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. It is rewarding enough to know that one day I will come to live forever in heaven with you. Yes, you will. Then you will be fully rewarded for earnestly seeking me.
Father, I do believe in and love you with all my heart and mind and soul. I am earnestly seeking you with all that is within me. It is my desire to live the life Christ has secured for me with and for you. Thank you for rewarding me. Amen
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