BY Debbie Eaton
Text: Hebrews 10:19-39
“The essence of perseverance is a continued journey toward God, an increasingly intimate relationship with God.”
– Nancy Guthrie
“…let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds…”
– Hebrews 10:22-24, NASB
“Let us” implies two or more. It is a “we” thing. Yet, so often we retreat to go it alone in our “I can do it myself” arrogance.
“Hold fast” means to hold your position or hold your gaze, to hang on, to keep your eyes on the Lord. Yet so many times we hold tightly to our way and end up in a tug of war between our will and God’s best.
The writer of Hebrews is making a point that we are never alone — God is with us, “Immanuel.” Christ lives in us, and we, as fellow Christ-followers, have each other. When we meet together, spur each other on and encourage one another, we can better hold fast to the promise of hope and trust in God’s faithfulness.
Once a month my dearest girlfriends and I meet together for coffee and a long lunch. We meet to look in each other’s eyes. This gaze allows us to peek into the window of one another’s souls and catch up on how life is treating us. We share the highs and lows of current life. We laugh and cry. We eat. We hope and encourage. We agree to disagree and eat dessert. We collaborate and love.
Transitional change… marriage, heartache and bliss… financial hardship and success… job loss and stability… children struggling and children thriving… sickness and health… body image… aging parents… cancer…. emotional turmoil… stress… depression… anxiety… fear. Life. We talk about it all.
The glue that bonds us together is God’s presence in each of us. It is His presence embodied in us that we bring to the gathering table as we wrestle out our life circumstances.
We come together to gain strength and persevere with courage, to hold fast to the hope and faith of Christ in us. For this is where we find joy, comfort, peace and the words of encouragement that give life and spur us on to take another step in the journey.
“The worship of God’s assembled people is a collaboration of individuals committed to God’s presence, and He to theirs. What we have experienced individually, He has connected when we come together to delight in God’s presence among the assembly of believers.”
– AW Tozer
“Let us hold fast.” What does that mean to you?
How do you need to be encouraged and spurred on today?