Hebrews 6:10-12 Amplified Bible (AMP)
10 For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown for His name in ministering to [the needs of] the saints (God’s people), as you do. 11 And we desire for each one of you to show the same diligence [all the way through] so as to realize and enjoy the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 so that you will not be [spiritually] sluggish, but [will instead be] imitators of those who through faith [lean on God with absolute trust and confidence in Him and in His power] and by patient endurance [even when suffering] are [now] inheriting the promises.
1. God can see you and your work.
Yep, He’s looking at you. He loves you so He’s always checking on what and how you’re doing. You are not a lone wolf. You may be lonely but you’re not alone. God can see you and He is just. He will not forget.
Maybe you’re struggling with this foundational truth.
A song of ascents.
1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
Be confidently diligent in the knowledge that He is watching you. He is always with you and He is well pleased with you.
He is the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). So we can ask Him for wisdom, guidance, provision etc, at any time. – because He is the author and perfecter of our faith. This means our constant communications with Him will have us stepping into continued access to His presence. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (2 Corinthians 3:17).
The more we enter into His presence, the freer we become.
Can you sense His presence in your life? Can you sense He is pleased with you?
If you can’t, then:
a) slow down
b) ask Him to show Himself to you – ask Him what He thinks about you
c) wait on Him with expectation to either hear His voice, see His face or maybe even both
d) then respond to Him
2. Be strong, alive and full of joy at the beginning, in the middle and at the end.
Without the icing in the middle of a Yoyo biscuit, it would just be 2 shortbreads. Still yummy but not a Yoyo. Without the middle part, we would all finish the race the same as we started. The aim is to be transformed along the way. This is where we grow in strength, wisdom, love, grace and faith. So, don’t give up. Push through the boring bits, the bits where no one is looking. Push through the rejection and disappointments. Not everyone will understand or agree. You’re not in this to win or to beat others. You’re in this to finish it and to finish it well.
Are you feeling unmotivated right now? Would you rather just try something less stressful?
Here’s one way Paul encourages the Hebrews to stay strong.
3. Imitate the strong. Watch, learn and imitate the strong by following them, doing life with them, asking them questions.
We love to chill and relax. We have a tendency to do what is easy. However, this doesn’t allow us to grow. The aim is to be a demonstration of the Father. If we do life from a place of comfort, from our ability then we will only be demonstrating ourselves.
Are the people in your life making you stronger and wiser? When was the last time you did something beyond your ability and needed to trust in God? When was the last time you completed a difficult task and were proud of your accomplishments?
Come on guys, let’s keep going! Why?
· So we can realize and enjoy the full assurance of hope until the end
· So that we won’t be [spiritually] sluggish
· So that we will be imitators of those who through faith [lean on God with absolute trust and confidence in Him and in His power]
· So that by patient endurance [even when suffering] we are [now] inheriting the promises.
“The faith to step out is worthless without the faithfulness to stick it out.”
Steven Furtick, Pastor, Elevation Church, Charlotte, North Carolina