9 Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are convinced of better things in your case—the things that have to do with salvation. 10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. 11 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. 12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
The picture of the Christian life in verse 10 is powerful. A church devoted to hard work to put into practice the love which is at the centre of real Christian faith, serving one another and all God’s people in every way possible. There was solid evidence that their beginning was real, that they are God’s people; and, according to verses 9 and 10, that God has already seen what they’ve been doing. At the same time just because God will not forget what they’ve already done, they must continue to make every effort, avoid all temptations to be lazy, and continue with the life of faith and patience ‘until it be thoroughly finished’. This is the heart of Christian perseverance.
So, what does this mean for us? It means we are not to give up, we are to press forward, in faith to see God’s grace at work in us and in all who surround us! We should remind ourselves – God is watching, with pleasure, our pursuit of Him! This should be both a point of reflection and motivation to keep going.
Father, help each of us to reflect well on what you are doing in us and enabling us to do as well as stay motivated to keep on keeping on!
Written by Ps. Richard Botta