November 5, Saturday

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

Hebrews 6:9-12

Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things—things that belong to salvation. [10] For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. [11] And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, [12] so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

505As a parent of three young children, it feels like not a day goes by without me having to correct them on something. Whether they are arguing, complaining, whining, or just demonstrating a poor attitude, they seem to always give me reasons to correct them. I suppose that’s what makes parenting so challenging and, at times, enjoyable.

Our passage reminds me of a parent chiding a child. In Heb.6:4-8, the author has warned his readers about the risk of renouncing their faith in Christ and returning to Judaism. It is a strong word of warning and what they needed to hear. Yet he knows that most of his listeners are doing well, and so not to dishearten them, he offers them a word of affirmation here. He calls them “beloved” (first and the only time in Hebrews), and he tells them, “We are convinced of better things concerning you, that is, things that accompany salvation, though we are speaking in this way” (v. 9).

He doesn’t want the sincere believers to have any misgivings about their salvation, but rather, to realize “the full assurance of hope until the end” (v. 11). So he tells them that he—and even more pointedly, God—sees the proof of salvation in them; that is, by how they live their lives, it’s clear that they are saved. Therefore, he tells them to press on; be diligent in serving Christ, so that they will persist, even while they are being persecuted.

Ultimately, the author is reminding his readers that if you truly love the Lord your God, your faith will be accompanied by diligent, faithful service to God’s people (v. 10). And it is a good reminder for us this day. Consider whether you are truly committed to the Lord by asking, How well am I serving the body of Christ? Am I diligent in my service to the church? Trials and hardships may have caused you to look inward, and perhaps you have been neglecting in gathering together with the saints. If so, ask God to give you the strength to join your community on the next meeting—whether it be a prayer meeting or a fellowship event. As you go about meeting God’s people, ask the Lord to help you focus on others as a demonstration of your love for God. In doing so, your strength will be renewed this day!

Prayer: Lord, please hold me by Your hand and constantly remind me of Your might and power, lest I foolishly assume that I am self-sufficient and autonomous.  I know that apart from You, I can do nothing. Help me to be a faithful and diligent servant. Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Mark 14-15


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