Keeping the main thing, the main thing

Week beginning: 29th January, 2017 | By Debbie Woods | Manchester

'Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching… But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.'

Hebrews 10:23-25; 39 (NIV)

One month on, I wonder how many of us are persevering with resolutions made this year. Health, fitness, work-life balance, reading our Bibles and praying more?

Through warnings and exhortations the writer of Hebrews urges his readers to hold unswervingly to the hope they profess, to spur one another on towards love and good deeds, to encourage one another and to keep meeting together.

In his sacrifice for our sin, Jesus has won the victory for all, and his grace is sufficient. But in that gift of faith we are to persevere. How easy it is for us to let the demands our work places on us eclipse all other priorities. To persevere, God knows that we need our brothers and sisters in Christ, and they need us. We need to make every effort to hold on, spur on, meet and encourage, using the same discipline as it takes to meet our client appointments, court dates and assessment deadlines.

We may need to think creatively how we might do this and take advantage of the learning and communication tools available to us; but let us be spurred on, the reward is great.

May we not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but be those who persevere in faith and are saved.

Prayer Points:

1. Thank God that, in Christ, the victory is won for all who persevere in faith in Him and that he who has promised is faithful.

2. Pray that, amidst all the pressures our work commitments, we would prioritise the deepening of our understanding of God's word and our fellowship with and encouragement of our brothers and sisters in Christ.