Thursday, December 19, 2013

Hebrews 10-13

As we finish Hebrews (chapters 10-13) today, the author explains what it means to apply our faith in Christ.  He reminds us how God worked in the lives of other faithful believers (Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses...).  We have a "great cloud of witnesses" to encourage our own faith.  Through our faith, we can accept hardship as God's discipline for His children.  And no matter what, we always have a greater hope for things to come in Christ.  We just have to support one another and keep our eyes on Him.

Life has so many distractions.  And I don't know about you, but I am easily distracted by what I "see".  Hebrews reminds us to hold on to our faith.

11 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Faith.  We can't see Him (literally), God; but we know He's with us and full of promises for us.  So, as we run around this holiday season and every other day after, I hope you'll join me in your own faith.  Let's cheer each other on in focusing on what we cannot see, despite all that is distracting us.    

28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,

Towards the end of Hebrews (chapter 13), we get tidbits of good advice, little reminders for how we can be faithful Christ followers.  We have written direction for putting our faith in action.  I especially love the reminder about being kind to strangers,

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

We never know when our random acts of kindness are a part of God's purposeful, life changing grace.

A prayer for today-

Dear God,

Thank you for the example I have in Jesus, who is with me always.  Forgive me for getting distracted by all that I see.  Help me remember to hold on to my faith, no matter what the season.  Open my heart, Father, and guide me in welcoming all those You bring into my life, even strangers.  You, Lord, are my Savior, my Rock, and my Redeemer.  I am in awe of Your Mighty Power at work in me and all those who believe.

In the name of Jesus I pray,


*This post is part of A Mind-Maker-Upper's Everyday Reading Project.  Click here to read more.

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