“23Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds”
How many things can you say you do in your life unswervingly? That is there is no variation, no change in how you do them from day to day, week to week, month to month? As much as humans are creatures of habit I am willing to bet that there are not many of us who can say we do many things unswervingly.
That is why I love the verse that I started this article with. It challenges those of us who profess to have hope in the Lord. It challenges us because if we are going to claim to have Faith in Jesus there is only one way to do so, unswervingly. It is the only choice because as the Scripture told us, “he who promised is faithful.” Jesus is unswerving in his promise and commitment to us, and we are challenged to respond in kind.
Now don’t get me wrong that is not an easy thing to do. While many may find it easy to be faithful when things are good doing so when things go south is another story entirely. Many of us are likely to stumble and fall during those times, but here is the good news, we don’t have to face those difficult times alone.
That is what the second verse from Hebrews reminds us. That as Christians we are a part of a community that should encourage and support one another through those difficult times.
I have been grateful to be a part of a community that has for a long time spurred me on to “love and good deeds.” My hope and prayer is that we can continue to be that community, for each other, and for a world that is sorely in need of some love and good deeds.
Let us be unswerving in our commitment to Christ now and forever,
(To read the rest of the November Newsletter, click here: November 2017 )