After lunch, we’d beg our parents to take us to the community pool— that was where the real fun was to be had. The water was clear and current-less. We played games, performed jumping contests, and practiced our handstands. Oh, to be young again.
Here’s one thing I know to be true: life is more like an ocean and less like a pool— especially when it comes to our faith. This isn’t new news, though. It’s exactly what the author of Hebrews cautioned nearly 2,000 years ago.
If you spent this week scratching your head over this labyrinth of a letter, just know you’re not alone. Hebrews is a theologically complex letter, but when we zoom out to see the big picture, two things become clear:
As a mom and ministry leader, I can really relate to these tired and discouraged folks. The current of culture is strong. Every day, the world’s idea of “truth” becomes more muddled. I, too, have friends and family members drifting away.
It’s clear there is...
A drift that moves away from zeal, toward apathy.
A drift that moves away from truth, toward deception.
A drift that moves away from others, toward self.
With all this pull, how do we stand firm?
Unfortunately there’s no "pool” of faith where we can plop ourselves to play, but Hebrews gives us solid advice on how we can remain steadfast, even in the current.
Hebrews 10:22-25 gives us three ways:
These disciplines are simple, but don’t be fooled— they are tried and true. Deepening our dependence on Jesus, growing in our knowledge of Him through His Word, and gathering to encourage one another are all imperative to stand firm.
We’re all susceptible to drifting. We must acknowledge that reality to fight it. Today, if you find yourself far from “base,” it’s not too late to make your way back. It may take a thousand arduous steps, but every one will be worth it.
Let us fix our eyes on the shoreline, where we entered in— Jesus, the Way.
Let us anchor our hope in the promises of God, found in His Word.
And let us look out for our brothers and sisters in Christ and point one another home.
Memory Verse: “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV
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