The Christian life, in 3 steps. Seriously. (part 2)
The author of Hebrews has boiled down the Christian life into three basic steps. He wrote this to believers regarding the first step:
let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water.
If we are going to live the way we were created to live, then we must know life’s author. Drawing near, spending time one-on-one with God, is the only way to do that.
The second step can only happen after we take the first step. But if we do draw near, then the next step will be both normal and natural.
Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, since He who promised is faithful.
What is your anchor when life goes sideways?
What do you hold on to when an unwanted situation becomes the norm?
We’ll say that “God is my rock”, but we often rely on other tempting options to get away and regain our footing: the internet, TV, and our phones all offer mild escapes… before we get to the often condemned but equally tempting ones like alcohol, drugs, and inappropriate relationships.
When life doesn’t go like we wanted it to, or we find it hard to follow Jesus, we need to hold on to the confession of our hope. What that means is we anchor ourselves on the truth that we know. We remind ourselves that He has promised what we do with His Greater Message in this life is the most important thing for us. If God is faithful (and He is), then we can confidently expect that our choices now will have eternal significance – no matter what life throws at us.
God is faithful.
Do we trust that statement?
Do our action show that we trust that statement?
If Yes – then hold on, without wavering.
If No – then go back to step 1 and draw near to God, so that you can know Him to the point you can trust His faithfulness.