“Without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” – Hebrews 11:6
Anyone who has had a near death experience can probably testify that in that moment, the things that are important in life become immediately clear, and everything else fades into the background. This is a mere shadow of what each of us will be faced with at the judgment seat of Christ, when our entire life is set before us and our work is tried with fire. We will see more clearly than ever what things were built with wood, hay and stubble, and what things were built with gold, silver, and precious stones. The way we chose to spend each moment will be before us all at once. I don’t think any one of us will stand before the Master on that Day and not wish to God that we had better spent our lives on the things that count. Eternity is the great eye opener.
I recently discovered a feature on my phone that allows me to view a detailed summary of my usage. It shows what apps I’ve been using, the amount of time I’ve used them, and each app’s percentage of the total. I can view this data for either the past 24 hours or the past 7 days. I wonder what that chart would look like if it showed a summary of your life over the past 7 days, or perhaps the past 7 weeks or months. What would be at the top of the list? Where would your time alone with God fall? I suspect most of us would be ashamed to have a chart like that made public.
I believe there is a small percentage of born again children of God who regularly take the time to seek Him. Of those who do take that time, even fewer seek Him for the right reasons. As Jesus said to the unbelieving multitude, “Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.” They seek His hand, not His face. Yet of those who seek Him regularly and for the right reasons, there is a smaller percentage still who seek him diligently. These are the ones who are serious about knowing God. They truly count all things as loss for the sake of knowing Him. They have suffered the loss of all things that they may win Christ. They hunger and thirst for righteousness. They live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Does this describe you brother? Sister?
Someone once said, “Most Christians don’t have a clue as to what they got when they received the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, they have yet to tap into the wealth of resources that are theirs in Christ.” Indeed, most of us know little of the unsearchable riches of Christ. There is much more land to be possessed and more riches to be discovered, but the Lord reserves the discovery of those riches for the diligent seekers.
I hear a lot of folks say they “just don’t have time” to really dig in to God’s Word and devote themselves to prayer. Fine, fine. But these same people are the ones who turn around and tell me all about the new series they’ve been watching on TV, or they can give me the stats of every football player in the NFL. Let’s not kid ourselves. The Lord searches the heart and tries the reigns. You might fool yourself about how much time you have and where your affections lie, but you won’t fool Him.
Would to God that we really did desire Him and seek Him above everything else. He would set our hearts on fire. We would discover things that eye hath not seen, ear hath not heard, nor have even entered into the heart of man: the things He’s prepared for those who love Him. He is just waiting to blow our minds. I’ve heard it said that there are only two types of people: those who wait on God, and those who keep God waiting. Which one are you?
Eric James is a Regular Contributor to Vermont Church Planting’s Blog and lives in Brattleboro, VT where he moved his family to make disciples as a part of Rivertown Church. Eric works in I.T., and he and his wife heather have two little boys.