Why due diligence is important to God?
“And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” Heb 6:11-12
It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know why due diligence is important to God. The Bible has a lot to say about diligence. What is it? What should we be diligent about and what does God promise for those who are diligent?
In Heb 6:11-12, Paul was addressing converted elects by the Gospel of God’s Righteousness.
Christianity consists of three things – knowledge, experience and practice.
These three things the elects whom Paul was addressing evidently possessed. They were acquainted with the principles of faith in the Righteousness of God and had tasted the heavenly gift. Let us explore the diligence expected of them:
- Due Diligence Is Important For Knowledge In Realizing And Enjoying The Heavenly Blessings
Paul begins chapter 6 by admonishing the elects, “let us go on unto perfection.” In fact, such a spiritual perfection or maturity was also expected by Christ. I conceive this implies that the elects ought to comprehend all the blessings of God and to have a perfect knowledge of Christian doctrines so that we would no longer be tossed around by every form of teachings. It also implies a perfect possession of all Christian graces that would enable the elects to have full assurance of hope in Christ. More so, elects ought to advance steadily toward spiritual maturity that would lead us to perform Christian duties effectively for the glory of God. Furthermore, it implies the entire dedication of the elects to God, doing all to the glory of God and looking for the glorious appearance of Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
- Due Diligence Is Important In Order To Attain The Blessed State Of Christian Experience And Practice
Here we shall have to answer a query. If this be Christianity, how is it that we see so little of it in the world? The answer is here : “that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” These blessings of which I have been talking about are not given to idlers. Spiritual sluggishness is incompatible with Christianity. Christianity is exhibited by the elects who endure relentless spiritual warfare by exerting all their spiritual prowess. What kind of diligence then is expected of elects?
- “that you do show the same diligence” as they have shown in the commencement. Elects ought to continue using the same diligence when they were first awakened from spiritual deadness. The same amount of zeal, energy, sincerity, loveliness and the excellence of faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness must be displayed.
- Elects are to use the same diligence, diligence proportioned to the end of our spiritual journey. We profess to be Christians, what, then, is the object proposed to us by the profession of Christianity? Surely it is more than a name. Certainly it is eternal life – it is to save deathless, immortal souls!
- Diligence is to be proportioned, not only to the blessings to be obtained but to the evil to be avoided. The evil to be avoided here is the everlasting loss of the soul, the punishment which awaits disobedience to God throughout eternity.
- There must be diligence, again, proportioned to the time allotted to us. How long have you and I to live? How long will probation continue?
- There must be diligence, again, proportionate to that which our enemies are using in seeking our distraction. Are we ignorant of Satan’s devices? Does Satan ever slumber? Are not his temptations, as well as his emissaries, countless?
- There must be diligence, again, proportionate to the means that God gives us for this important end. God has given grace to elects and a measure of the Spirit is given to elects to profit. We have the influence of the Holy Spirit to draw near to God and to receive continual strength of grace.
- There must be diligence proportioned to our daily mercies. Our whole life is one continued mercy. Our salvation is a mercy. Then ought we not to be diligent in the services of God, seeing that the mercies of God are so inexhaustible?
- There must be diligence proportioned to the price paid for our redemption. We are not redeemed with silver and gold or corruptible things but we are bought with a price. Ought we not, considering how valuable we are in the sight of God, considering at what we have been entrusted by our Savior Who saved us – to use diligence proportionate, that we rob not God?
- There must be diligence, finally, in proportion to the relation in which we stand before God Who is our Father and our God. In proportion to the accountability which we must render up to Him in that awful and dreadful day to which we are hastening.