Today we reflect that there is no retirement from serving God mentioned in the Bible. And as God is diligent in remembering your faithfulness, it would be good to reflect upon whether you are diligently giving him something to remember…
10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. 11 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. 12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
Part of the justice of God is that he sees everything and will not forget our work or our love toward him. If we think we might not receive credit or that someone might not receive justice for their wrongdoing, God is clear: leave it with me. I have it under control.
Today we see that as we love God and as we follow God in the good works of Jesus (loving our neighbours), God remembers and will reward us with the inheritance promised: his rest on earth and eternally in heaven. The encouragement to God’s people here is for us to show diligence in our faith to the very end.
The description of diligence to the very end here is not becoming lazy, and imitating those with faith and patience. Faith is not a short game. It’s a long game. The fruits of relationship with God in terms of inner peace and life transformation are available now, yet the rest from outward struggle, oppression, or opposition may not be delivered on our timing. Remember that God is the God of Israel, who suffered under Pharaoh for 400 years. He is the God of Israel, who were in exile for a generation in Babylon. We often look for proof that God loves us through the relief of tough circumstance, when God’s track record is to love us and be with us within tough circumstance.
Faith and patience play a large part in our lifelong commitment to relationship with God. And when we have short-term expectations of outward blessing or smooth waters, we will be tempted to abandon God or to become lazy in our faith relationship with God. Lazy seems to be the opposite of diligent, doesn’t it? Are you active in loving God and working to share that love toward others? Are you diligent in these matters, or are you becoming lazy?
Have you done your part in your youth and now you are lazily letting the next generation carry the torch? There is no retirement from serving God mentioned in the Bible. Are you too tired or busy with the things of your life and family and career that you have nothing left to serve God with or you are lazily offering God the table scraps of your energy?
The diligence we read about here is a diligence which matches God’s diligence in remembering your faithfulness (vs. 11). God is diligent in remembering your faithfulness, and so it would be good to reflect upon whether you are diligently giving him something to remember…
Get off the spiritual couch. Love God and love your neighbours. Show diligent faith and patience toward your inheritance.