The book of Hebrews is like a service manual for new recruits/believers. It reminds them Chapter 2:1-3 not to be foolish and careless remembering all they have learned.
Chapter 3 relates how those who fail to follow their lessons, commands and training will eventually die.
Let us therefore be diligent – Being diligent, is translated make every effort (AMP), strive (ESV), and labor (KJV). Some other lesser know/used translations include do our best (NLT),take pains (Arabic Bible in Plain English),Let us hasten (Douay-Rheims Bible), and Let it then be our earnest endeavour (Weymouth New Testament). See the link below to the KJV definition of diligence for further study, but it is clear all these terms are similar in scope, we are going after something with purposeful determination.
What does this mean to believers and can it apply to soldiers? Yes on both accounts, first True Christians can not “lose their salvation” but they can lose their rewards in Heaven, so they constantly strive or labor to do the things they are commanded by God to do.
A soldier similarly cannot loose being a soldier (unless they do something very grievous) and they are daily diligent is carrying out the orders set before them. Some of you are old enough to remember the Army campaign slogan “Be all You Can Be in The Army” and the commercial that said ‘We do more by 9 am that most people do all day’ these pushed that theme of diligent hard working never give up soldiers.
to enter that rest, – When I found the picture above I had to use it. As any soldier (or service member) knows times like that are few and far in between. The same goes for the believers we do not sit back and wait for God to give us rest, in fact His promised rest is in the life to come.
What God promises today is Christ who can carry our heavy burdens Matthew 11:29-30. But God also says when a brother is down we are to help him up by carrying his burden, Galatians 6:1-5 for a service member this is SOP, Standard Operating Procedure.
lest anyone fall – What is so important about being diligent, following orders, SOP’s etc. Here believers are being warned about sins of unbelief, falling away from God and going after false God’s. For a soldier the repercussions of disobeying an order, especially in the heat of battle can be devastating.
according to the same example of disobedience. – The consequences of disobedience noted here is the Jewish nation that refused to obey God wandering in the wilderness for 40 years and never finding rest. You can easily imagine the consequences of a soldier who refuses a lawful, ethical, moral and legal order. The safety, morale, and lives of their fellow soldiers are at risk.
The bible makes it clear the only true rest we can ever find is in Christ. Once found that does not mean we can become lazy and recline in an easy chair. We must be diligent so that the sin of the world our old self’s will not overtake us once again and those around us will not suffer the consequences.
Observation: What did I read? What struck you as most meaningful?
Interpretation: What does it mean? Overall and the most meaningful? Did it change your view on Diligence?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do? How can I start living it out today?