Note: The AMI QT Devotionals from October 31-November 6 are provided by Pastor Charles Choe of Tapestry Church, Los Angeles. Charles, a graduate of UC Riverside and Fuller Theological Seminary (M.Div.), is married to Grace, and they have three children: Chloe, Noah, and Camden.
Devotional Thought for Today
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance (vv. 4–6a).
Sometimes we can delude ourselves into thinking that we really want something, only to discover in time that we really didn’t. A recent example from my life is how I thought I really wanted to leave my iPhone for a Samsung phone; it was cheaper, it looked like it can do more tricks, and I thought I would be so happier with it. But quickly, I realized that I did not like my new device at all; and as soon as I was done with my contract, I returned to my iPhone.
Some of the people the author of Hebrews was addressing also struggled with “buyer’s remorse.” They perhaps entered Christianity thinking it would provide things and help them to be happier. When it didn’t go as they planned, they started to return to their old way of life.
The author is addressing some people who were returning back to Judaism, due to the persecution they were facing as Christians. But here, he tells them that this is not possible if they have truly accepted the gospel—they could not return to their old way of life if they have truly experienced the power of the cross and the power of the Holy Spirit. To do so would mean that they never understood the cross or had the Holy Spirit come to live in them. The writer is suggesting apostasy is only possible because they never truly believed; that is, they never had faith in the first place. If they did, the Holy Spirit in them would enable them to see that there is nothing greater and more powerful than the gospel of Jesus Christ.
In the end, when you completely abandon the faith, it means that you never truly understood Christianity. Walking away simply proves that you were expecting Christianity to do something for you that it never promised. What we do know with absolute certainty is what the same author says about God— that He is the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), and God will carry it to completion what He has begun in us. The work of salvation is entirely the work of God. If we are truly in Him, we can have the confidence that no matter what we face in this life, God will sustain us and deliver us.
Prayer: God, I am reminded this day that You are faithful to me. You will never abandon nor forsake me. In spite of my sins and struggles, You choose to remain with me to the end. Your love is truly an everlasting love. Thank You for my salvation! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Mark 13
Lunch Break Study
Read Lamentations 3:22-23: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Questions to Consider
- What never comes to end when it comes to God?
- Why do you think His love and mercy go hand in hand?
- Can you trust in His promise that His mercies cover you this morning? How should that make a difference for you today?
- His steadfast love and His mercies.
- To love sinful people, God has demonstrated His mercy again and again, which Jesus Christ has made possible on the cross.
- Personal application.
From sunrise to sunset, we are to be reminded of God’s faithfulness all around us. What is one tangible way in which you felt the Lord’s mercy or faithfulness today?