January 22: Encouragers

Read Hebrews 10:19-39

The author of the book of Hebrews wrote to point out several things to his original readers and to us. Let me point out two of his most obvious themes:

  1. The supremacy of Jesus. He is better than anything and anyone. Whether it is angels or Old Testament high priests, Christ is better. As such, He is worthy of:
  2. Enduring, persevering faith. We dare not “throw away our confidence” (v. 35) or “shrink back” (v. 39). Instead, like the heroes of the faith before us (ch. 11), we are to run with endurance (12:1).

Let’s face it, giving up is not only an ongoing option, it is also an occasional temptation.  As followers of Jesus, our path is not broad, paved, flat, and easy. No, it is narrow, rocky, steep, and sometimes treacherous. And yet, our enduring faith is more than worth it because we follow One who is incredibly faithful.

Our resolve to endure, our commitment to persevere, is not only strengthened by an understanding of Christ’s superiority. It is not only motivated by a legacy of faithful saints. That commitment to faithfulness, you see, is also inspired by others around us. Here is the way the author put it:

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:23-25).

We have a responsibility to one another to “meet together” and to “spur one another on.” God has providentially designed relationships within the church, the body of Christ, to provide the “you can do this” encouragement that all of us need. We must make sure, however, that our lives are in close enough proximity to others through things like Grace Groups to make that happen.

Is yours?


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