Bible Reading: Hebrews 10:19-39
Have you ever, like me, lost interest where you thought you wouldn’t?
Maybe with something as simple as a movie that you were watching or a book that you were reading- it really got your attention at the earlier parts, but the more it progressed, the more it just lost you. Or perhaps with something more life-defining like a relationship or a job. You started it with so much ginger, but it just aged away.
The story of life that God calls us to is one of an intensifying passion and pursuit. When it comes to the things of God’s call and purpose, we are called to be following harder, not fading away.
Thats’s a big ask, because seasons change. It doesn’t always feel as exciting or as enticing. The realities of life start to hit. Twists and turns. Highs and lows. In our day and age, it takes a whole lot of courage to stay through.
I do believe that there are things to let go of as part of our journey. There are things that we outgrow and that no longer fit in the new seasons of our lives. But the big story of our life- that big story of following Jesus and His purpose for us, must be marked with a huge courageous heart that stays through.
The fulfilment of the purpose and plan of God happens in the staying through.
Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise Hebrews 10:35-36 NKJV
When it comes to the things God has prepared for you in this year, and your journey with Jesus, there must be the courage to stay through oozing out of you. It’s only those who stay through that see the fulfilment.
If the desire to stay through is just some mere motivational talk and self-based determination, then it will last only a little while. Our reading today points us to how we can be courageously and confidently anchored in staying through where it really matters. The writer of Hebrews ends the chapter declaring these beautiful words:
‘we’re not quitters who lose out. Oh, no! We’ll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way.’ (v 39 MSG)
But he establishes some premises prior to making that declaration:
First, We’re Walking a Right Way God Brought Us Into
since we have confidence and full freedom to enter the Holy Place [the place where God dwells] by [means of] the blood of Jesus, by this new and living way which He initiated and opened for us (v19-20 AMP)
Our confidence to stay through is first of all based on walking right pathways. There is a courage that we find simply because we’re walking a pathway that God opened up for us! Whether it’s a pathway to the presence of God, or a pathway in your business or a relationship, there’s a confidence attached to walking pathways initiated and opened up by God himself.
Secondly, It Must Become A Personal Conviction
Therefore, let’s draw near with a genuine heart with the certainty that our faith gives us, since our hearts are sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies are washed with pure water (v 22 CEB)
Our journey must go beyond being a pathway that God put us on, to become a pathway jay we are convinced about. We will only stay through when there is a certainty within our own hearts. We must allow the Holy Spirit to transform our minds from being doubtful and negative. It’s not enough to have a journal full of things that God told you about his purpose and plans for you, staying through will require you to meditate on it and own it, to the point that it becomes a personal conviction. Not all God’s intents are fulfilled. It takes human participation for the actualization of divine intention.
Third, It Must Set Us in A Community
not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching (v 25 NKJV)
When God is working a journey of staying through in you, He makes your conviction bring you into like-minded community. A journey of following Jesus is personal but not private. It doesn’t isolate you- it relocates you. It takes you away from the wrong people, but brings you to the right people. We must not just think of community as a physical gathering of people. It is inclusive of that, but more specifically, I think it’s really all about voices and the influence they have on us. Does 10 minutes on your social media stir you more towards Jesus and His purpose or towards vanity? Does 10 minutes on your texting make you more faithful in your marriage and career or pull you away from that? Does attending church actually change anything about you?
We really need the courage to stay through this year to see the fulfilment of the purpose and plan of God over our lives. My encouragement is that as we wait on God today, you don’t merely motivate yourself to stay through, but you actually set yourself up to stay through.
Something To Pray
Would you pray today for the Lord to set your feet on the right pathways, work in you the right conviction and bring you to the right community for the sake of His purpose in your life.