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Our High Calling

Our faith, our walk and our watchfulness

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Wed, 06/30/2010
Our High Calling

Our Faith

In chapters 11 and 12 of Hebrews, “faith” is described as the evidence of things not seen. This kind of faith believes that which cannot be seen is more real than that which can be seen. For us, the finished work of Jesus, His ascent to the right hand of glory, His soon coming, and the existence of the Heavenly City are all more real than all we can see. Though we have not seen God, we have beheld Him veiled in flesh. That revelation of who He is and what He has done for us in Christ inspires us to walk a life of holiness, even if that walk is fraught with trial and difficulty.
 
According to the writer of Hebrews, this was the way of “the elders” who have gone before us. Like Abraham and all the “great cloud of witnesses,” our eyes are upon Jesus and that glorious coming city. (Hebrews 11:10, 16; 12:1-2)
 
Our Walk
 
God knows things about us that we ourselves do not know. Thereby He embarks upon a “program of correction” from time to time. That is, He corrects us, rebukes us and chastises us for our own betterment. This is the “walk” of every believer and no matter who we are we cannot escape it. (Hebrews 12:3-11)
 
The point is, since God knows things about us that we do not know, His program of correction may seem strange and confusing. Given that our lives are clean, we must trust Him and not rebel, grumble or resist. This is precisely what the believers addressed in Hebrews were doing.  It is, of course, a common reaction, but nonetheless a carnal one. We must desist from these things and trust God fully with our lives.
 
Our Watchfulness
 
The writer exhorts His readers to shake off their ‘pity party’, stand erect and follow Jesus. If they fail in this, they will become weaker and the limb that was lame, spiritually speaking, will became ‘dislocated’ (Hebrews 12:12-17). As Paul put it, some become “shipwrecked” in their faith! (1 Timothy 1:19)
 
The lack of a proper, faith-based spiritual response to our trials and difficulties could leave us spiritually disabled. That is, we could fall short of the grace of God, allow bitterness to take root in our lives, and cause others to be so defiled (Hebrews 12:15).
 
The proper response in the time of correction is to “purpose peace with all people and holiness without which no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14).

 

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