Hebrews 4:11 So let us do our best to enter that rest. But if we disobey God, as the people of Israel did, we will fall. (NLT)
One night my husband and I agreed after dinner we would take the kids out to enjoy fro-yo. The prize was set. 3 out of 4 kids were sluggish to eat until we mentioned our plan. Becoming aware of the prize motivated them to work hard and finish their dinner.
Let’s walk into todays discussion, fitted with the helmet of salvation. We know for sure that we are saved through faith in Christ, who alone is mighty to save. (see Footnote)
The Israelites, freed from slavery in Egypt, spent 40 years in the wilderness, living off God’s provision of manna and quail. God built their faith through their experience following Him.
As believers, Christ’s finished work on the cross frees us from sin and death. Walking as Christians, God grows our faith through our wilderness experiences.
For the wandering Israelites the promised land was within reach. Yet fear, doubt, and unbelief kept them from obeying. As a result many failed to enter the Promised land.
Todays verse states it is possible to fall. We know we’re saved through faith, by the grace of God. To dig deeper into this verse, we look to the Greek word apeítheia (G543) which means both unbelief and disobedience. Obedience and trust is a by-product of faith.
Our kids trusted our plan to eat frozen yogurt. Believing that, they knew they were expected to eat their dinner.
As Christians we know our reward comes with the 2nd coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ. This motivates us to labor diligently at the work He gives us. Faith in Jesus saves. Trust shown in obedience is proof of that saving relationship.
Verse 7 exclaims, “Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts.” This exhortation reminds us to continue to make the decision and commitment to Christ, and follow His Spirit daily.
My smallest child smiled, her mouth still full of food, as she displayed her empty bowl. She was ready for fro-yo!
I want the Lord to smile upon me when the tasks He has charged me with are full and complete, with the words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant”.
Father, let us make you proud to call us sons and daughters in Your beloved Son. Guard our hearts from apeítheia. Guide us personally each day, leading us to do Your good work, that we may enter Your rest. ~Amen
For more on getting ready to enter God’s rest, see Fix our Eyes… err heart… on Jesus”
Hebrews 9:12 With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever. (NLT)
Hebrews 8:6 But now Jesus, our High Priest, has been given a ministry that is far superior to the old priesthood, for he is the one who mediates for us a far better covenant with God, based on better promises. (NLT)
Hebrews 8:12 And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins. (NLT)