Have you ever had someone tell you the ending of a movie before you had the chance to see it? Or have you ever been reading a book and skipped to the end, just to see how it was going to turn out? If having done either of these things, did you then go back and finish the book or watch the movie anyway, even though you knew what was ultimately going to happen?
Our Christian walk is something like that. We already know the ultimate ending. And yet each day can be an adventure. In fact, we often seem to get so bogged down in the daily that it’s easy to lose sight of how our stories are destined to end.
The writer of Hebrews addressed that issue in the 10th chapter of that New Testament book. He encouraged us to hold fast to the hope we have in Jesus, without wavering, because Jesus is faithful. He also reminded us that we are not on this faith walk alone, and that from time to time our sisters and brothers may need encouragement and stimulation “to love and good deeds.”
Of course, the other side of that knowing how it all turns out coin is that we can become detached from the day-to-day, which may lead us to neglect or lose patience with others who deal with struggles and trials. The writer of Hebrews saw that possibility as well and told us to “remember the former days, when, after being enlightened, you endured a great conflict of sufferings.” He further encourages us to show sympathy and hold on to our confidence “which has a great reward.”
We need endurance in this life of following Jesus, because we are not of those who shrink back, but we are “of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.”
I’ll be sharing portions of this 10th chapter of Hebrews this week during Mid Day Prayer Time, around 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM.
Mon 02/19 Hebrews 10:19 – 22
Tue 02/20 Hebrews 10:23 – 25
Wed 02/21 Hebrews 10:32 – 33
Thu 02/22 Hebrews 10:34 – 36
Fri 02/23 Hebrews 10:37 -39
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