Read Ahead: Hebrews 11:3-6
Without faith it is impossible to please God. Hebrews 11:6, HCSB
One thing that keeps many people from coming to know Christ is--(are you ready for this?)--they're too nice. They live moral lives. They give to charity. They treat others well. They may even go to church and read the Bible on occasion. They assume that God must be pleased with them because they're good people.
Yet they lack the one thing they need to please God--faith.
The Bible says you can live the cleanest life possible, you can do all sorts of good deeds, you can even memorize the Bible from cover to cover... but without faith you will not please God.
What does it mean to have faith? According to the last part of this verse, faith means not only believing that God exists but also seeking after him earnestly. It's not enough to be a good person or even to acknowledge that God is there. The Pharisees in Jesus' day did all of these things, yet Jesus was anything but pleased with them! Even the demons in hell believe God exists! (James 2:19).
The good news is this: God promises to reward those who earnestly seek him. If you trust God, he'll provide for your needs. If you seek his plan for you, he'll guide you into his perfect will. He'll pour out love on you unlike anything you've ever experienced.
You hold the key that unlocks everything God has for you. That key is your faith.
What would you say to someone who doubts that God "rewards those who seek him"?
Read Up: Romans 1:16-17, Galatians 3:10-14
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