FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
“And we are His house, if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.”
Hebrews 3:6 ESV
JESUS GIVES ME A PERMANENT PLACE IN HIS FAMILY
Author and speaker Ravi Zacharias told the story of a man who went to School in Wheaton with Billy Graham and later entered into politics. He was a popular man and rose to become the Prime Minister of Canada. In the process of going down that way, to fame, to popularity and power, he began to sacrifice his ethics and his morals. He had an affair. He divorced his wife and married a second wife. And in the process of these temptations, he realized that his faith did not match with what he was doing and so he began to embrace alternative faith. He began to promote a faith of “all roads lead to Rome,” and even encouraged others into it. He even promoted this in the United Nations that one way to have peace in the world is just to accept one another’s faith and not speak against others’ faith.
He was interviewed on television in the 1990s and the interviewer asked him, “Were you not a fundamental, evangelical Christian?” He said, “Yes, I was.” The interviewer asked, “Have you not moved away from that?” He said, “Yes, I have become more mature as I have grown up, I have learned. And I have rejected some of those fundamentalists belief that I was raised with.” The interviewer asked him, “Are you not sacrificing something by doing this?” He said, “No. I have actually grown by doing this.” The interview asked an unexpected question, “What about Jesus?” And this man who was thought of as an important person who he had accomplished so much had tears well up in his eyes and began to pour on his cheeks. And he said, “I miss Jesus.”
The early Christians in the book of Hebrews were being tempted to walk away from Jesus. Hebrews 3:6 argues that if you have been genuinely saved you will “hold fast” to your faith in Jesus. In nautical terms, holding fast meant to “hold your course” toward a destination. Storms will come and we will be tempted to drift. But be encouraged because you are still “holding fast.”
Perseverance is not something God rewards with the gift of salvation. Perseverance is the evidence that we have received the gift of salvation and the power of God to sustain us. Christians are like the old children’s toy clown punching bag. You could punch it but it would bounce back up again over and over. Do you feel yourself drifting? Do you miss Jesus? Come home.
“for the righteous falls seven times and rises again,
but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.”
Proverbs 24:16 ESV