One of the main ingredients of faith is simple diligence.
There is nothing a servant can bring to the master that has everything (God) except a great attitude, loyalty, and diligence. Hear what Martin Luther had to say about people who don’t give Him their all…
“Some pastors and preachers are lazy and no good. They do not pray; they do not read; they do not search the Scripture … The call is: watch, study, attend to reading. In truth you cannot read too much in Scripture; and what you read you cannot read too carefully, and what you read carefully you cannot understand too well, and what you understand well you cannot teach too well, and what you teach well you cannot live too well … The devil … the world … and our flesh are raging and raving against us. Therefore, dear sirs and brothers, pastors and preachers, pray, read, study, be diligent … This evil. shameful time is not the season for being lazy, for sleeping and snoring.” Martin Luther
The writer of Hebrews tells us that we must ‘labor into the rest’ of God, and that God is a ‘rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.’
Could receiving faith be as simple as being diligent before God to do all that we know to do? I believe it is that simple … simple but hard. Diligence is simple to understand but hard to actually do … everyday … no matter what you feel like … and for the rest of your life. Faith diligence is:
Continually planting His word in your heart
Continually walking clean before Him
Continually seeking Him with a listening ear
Wouldn’t you reward a servant that exhibited that kind of behavior? Of course you would. A person like that could be entrusted with all that you have. The Bible calls that kind of person a ‘faithful steward.’ That individual is rewarded much because they have been found faithful over little. True holiness is just true whole-hearted diligence turned toward God.
Jesus said, “The first in importance is, ‘Listen, Israel: The Lord your God is one; so love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.’ And here is the second: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ There is no other commandment that ranks with these.” Mark 12:29-31 The Message Bible