Friday, November 13, 2009

Confession of our hope

Hebrews 10:23-25: “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

For Christ-followers we can stand fast to the convictions we have, because of the blood of Jesus and the hope we have for a blessed future. The call to the believer is that we have an assurance in the salvation we proclaim. We can look at the storms of life and with all boldness press on because our faithful creator strengthens us. If we say, we have Christ as our Lord and Savior then we should live with that bold confession not losing faith or wavering.

The author goes on to say that, we need to “consider one another in order to stir up love and good works”. It is through our confession and strength through the trials of life that strengthens and encourages each other. Through our boldness in the face of chaos we embolden and motivate others around us. When that type of radical faith is being displayed, it fires up those who need encouragement. That is why it is so important to continue to gather in churches. Stirring up love and good works cannot be done in a vacuum. There should be no lone rangers in Christianity. It is not set up for living a singular existence. Jesus preached that the “kingdom” is at hand. It is a collection of lives and people that affect each other in a dynamic and compounding way. The nature of this faith is that of sharing. We share our faith, we share our lives, we share our time, and we share our knowledge. We cannot do this when we close ourselves off from the world.

The author’s ultimate message is that it is not about us. It is all about Jesus and what He has done in our lives. We have a strong and powerful confession, and that confession is that we have an awesome Lord and Savior who shed His blood for our sins, because we could not do it ourselves.

Tomorrows Readings:
Old Testament: Ezek. 7-9 New Testament Hebrews 10:24-39

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