Updated: May 5, 2020
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Chapter 7: Actions Speak Louder than Words
Much like the message of Hebrews 5, Hebrews 6 is challenging us as believers to go deeper with our faith. This chapter points out that it would be pretty useless for us to call ourselves Christians if all we did was dwell on the cycle of sinning and then asking for forgiveness. Our relationship with Jesus is about more than confessing our sins- it is a lifestyle. Once we decide to follow Jesus, we need to start working at implementing the lifestyle he asks us to have. Hebrews 6:8 says, "land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end, it will be burned." Although this is certainly not advocating for faith by works, it is stating that once we believe and accept Jesus into our lives, we have a mission and calling to carry out.
Today I started a new job and began the long and tedious process of being trained and onboarded. The meetings, guidance, and instruction are absolutely necessary and I am happy to go through it all... but I'm also a bit impatient to get to work! Can you imagine if all you did at your job was go through training...but you never got to use or demonstrate your skills and abilities? No one would enjoy that for very long! When you get hired to do a job, you want to start doing what you signed up for! As someone who was hired to work in sales, I am looking forward to working with clients and implementing sales tactics. I would not want to simply sit around talking about sales- I want to go sell!
It is the same way with God. God wants us to go beyond a conversation- he wants to see us help others. He wants to see us use our talents to make the world a better place. Being a Christian isn't about "knowing it all" it is about doing it all.
God is calling us to let go of our laziness and our lethargy. Hebrews 6:10-12 points this out saying, "God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end so that what you hope for may be fully realized. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised."
My favorite verses in this chapter are found in Hebrews 6:19-20, and they likely look familiar to you:
"We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever..."
Sometimes people worry and wonder, "am I really saved?" Hebrews 6 tells us that after we have accepted Jesus, we have other things to dwell on. These verses assure us that Jesus is interceding on our behalf. We are truly saved because of his ultimate sacrifice. He knows represents us up in heaven, and we can depend on him to take care of our needs. Just a bit above those verses, the author of Hebrews reminds us of God's promise to Abraham. The scripture states that God swore by his own name that he would provide for Abraham's needs. He swore by his own name because there is nothing greater than him.
Christ has made us a promise. He promises to always be there for us... but if we love God, I think we should also hold up our end of the deal. It is important for us to live our lives with reckless abandon- putting other people first and going out of our way to fill the needs of our community. We often spend a lot of time on church politics or our own problems and we forget that there is an entire world out there in need of Jesus and in need of our service.
1. What is one way you can give back to your local community this week?
2. What brings you comfort when you feel like you have let God down or made a serious mistake? Consider seeking out an encouraging Bible text to refer to in those low moments.
3. What is one thing you do for yourself that you could sacrifice for the good of someone else?