In the passage of Hebrews 10:19-25, vs. 24 and 25 immediately ignited my memory and imagination. The everyday saints that I’ve had the privilege to encounter in my life have lived these two verses out in their everyday normal lives. In the midst of tragedy, “Jesus is Lord of all” would still be on their lips. While conflict was brewing within the church and their lives, they would not fall in the pit of despair but still be an encouraging non-anxious presence to those around them.
There is great beauty when God empowers us to live out both our hope in Jesus and our love & care towards others. I’ve often found myself scratching my head when I see one of these without the other. Maybe you’ve encountered the Christian that professes great faith in the work that Jesus has done and yet they are completely disconnected from other believers. I too have been tempted with the allure of dancing off in the sunset with Jesus alone, but as we see here, we are called to walk together.
One thing I’ve witnessed in the lives of the everyday saints that I mentioned about is the deep care and concern that they have for others. Verse 24 calls us to “consider” how we may spur one another on. In a culture where we are shaped to consider only ourselves and what is best for us, this is huge. We are called to actually think about the people around us. Is there someone you know that is struggling with doubt? Discouragement? Temptation? We must give thought to the condition of those around us. When we do the Holy Spirit is faithful in providing avenues to show love & care.
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Grace and Peace.