Diligence…Day by Day

John Piper, in a sermon on Hebrew 4:11, “Be Diligent to Enter God’s Rest”

“Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall through following the same example of disobedience.”

In other words, Israel fell from the promised joy of God because of the disobedience of unbelief. And the same thing can happen to any professing Christian. To keep it from happening—and to show that we are more than mere professing Christians—he says, “Be diligent to enter God’s rest”—God’s heaven. Be diligent! Pay close attention to what you’ve heard (2:1); don’t neglect your great salvation (2:3); consider Jesus (3:1); do not harden your hearts (3:8); take care against an unbelieving heart (3:12); exhort one another every day against the deceitfulness of sin (3:14); and FEAR the unbelief that will keep you from your promised rest (4:1).

Do you see the great lesson here? The Christian life is a life of day by day, hour by hour trust in the promises of God to help us and guide us and take care of us and forgive us and bring us into a future of holiness and joy that will satisfy our hearts infinitely more than if we forsake him and put our trust in ourselves or in the promises of this world. And that day by day, hour by hour trust in God’s promises is not automatic. It is the result of daily diligence and it’s the result of proper fear.

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2 thoughts on “Diligence…Day by Day

  1. That sums up what happens to us when we take a moment to gird our minds, and control them into believing on Jesus. That is really well put. For me I had to admit, openly, that my faith in Jesus’ death on the cross being where my sins go was almost non-existent. It was not long after that when I realized my guilt and shame from the past was no longer there: no longer guiding my conversations, my actions, my emotions, the way I treated others and myself. It truly made me free. It is nice to read something that seems to be coming from a source that understands that spiritual truth.

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