Friday 1 October, 2021

Hebrews 10:32-39

32 Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. 33 Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. 34 You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. 35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37 For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.” 38 And, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.” 39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.

DON’T GIVE UP!  Don’t go back to the way you used to live or what you believed before Jesus changed your life, persevere.  This is what the writer of Hebrews is telling his audience. Remember all the things you’ve already been through, they have not been easy, so don’t give up now!

Many years ago, I clearly remember being on a tram in Hong Kong and wrestling with going back to not living a Christian life, walking away from Jesus.  Not because of persecution like our Hebrew brothers & sisters, but because of sin in my life. The struggle was real, as it was for them, and looking back to a seemingly easier non confronting life seemed a way out.  But as the writer points out, and the conclusion I thankfully came to, my life would not be better off, I’d be even more wretched because I knew the difference that Jesus had already made to my life, I knew He was God, I knew He had saved me. I knew there was no other way.

This doesn’t mean we won’t have struggles, persecution even, from work colleagues, family, friends, our own internal struggles, but the reward is a much larger, fuller, freer life, trusting by faith that the one who has begun the good work in our lives, will complete it. (Phil 1:6, 2:13)

Lord Jesus, I thank you that you walk with us when life is hard, doubts come, situations seem to want to overwhelm us, but you will work in us and for us, as we continue to walk by faith, holding tightly to you and to your promise of being renewed and beyond to eternity.

Written by Suzie Hodgson

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