Look at the last part of these verses which say, “…He rewards those who sincerely seek Him.” Sincerely seeking does not mean you go to church or serve or even give, it means you are so excited for what He did by sending His only Son you can’t learn enough. You understand that no matter what happens you have the best gift ever given (eternal life). You live out your life because you have faith in what God has promised and He has promised us eternal life in heaven through Jesus Christ.
Chapter 11 verse 1 says, “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” When we sincerely seek Him we will find what we need to live and it won’t make a difference what happens to us because we have joy in what’s to come. We must remember that our promise is eternal life with God in heaven and anything else is just bonus in this life. Verse 13 says this about all the faith stories in chapter 11, “All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth.” We are foreigners here and we are here to shine the light of Jesus and let people see the difference between religious and love.
Religion binds us to needing something in return for what we do. Love is already having all we need and just sincerely seeking how to use it in the best way possible so God gets the glory. We must remember that when we focus on our free gift we die to self but when we cash in our free gift we can change from who we were to righteous children of God. Faith is not just blind hope, “True bible faith is confident obedience to God’s Word despite circumstances and consequences.” Warren Wiersbe. When we sincerely seek Him our heart grows and when our heart grows our mind changes and our focus becomes on what we are taking in. Open up God’s word and ask for understanding and sincerely trust in all that He is showing you. Amen