Thursday November 9, 2017 – Be Diligent to Receive What God Has Promised
Jeremiah 46-47 Hebrews 6
Each day God has new and different teaching that He wants to share with each of us if we only take the time to listen. Today that teaching came in the form of a stern warning and last night I felt the teaching came in the form of the words in the songs I was listening. Paul offers a serious caution to Christians not to fall away from the gifts that God has provided. The consequences of falling away from the teaching and instructions of the Lord are significant. 4 It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age 6 and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace. 7 Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. 8 But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.
9 Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are convinced of better things in your case—the things that have to do with salvation. 10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. 11 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. 12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
Despite the serious tone of Paul’s admonition, he also takes the time to remind us again that God is not unjust and remembers the love that we show to him. It is with this balanced perspective that Paul finally concludes with encouragement that we need to be diligent in our faith and relationship with God if we want to realize all that God has promised.