“For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ.”
Hebrews 3:14 NLT
It’s not how you start; it’s how you finish. We can all remember how we began our faith journey. For some of us it might have been on the “mourners” bench in our little country church’s annual revival. For others it may have been an epiphany after a near death experience. For others we may have had a “Damascus road” experience where we were on our way to do something ungodly and God caught up with us. Whatever the case you experienced God and it changed the direction of your life.
Now, years later we are trying to hold onto what first took a hold of us years ago. Our young people go off to college and overseas and they get exposed to other religions and philosophies, confusing them about their own beliefs. We experience tragedy and wonder if God is really there.
It’s in these times of uncertainty that we have to hold on to what we believe in.
- Keep coming to church! So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.
- Keep praying. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
- Keep believing in Jesus! They replied, “We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?” Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.” John 6:28-29
Hold firm to what you received at first. In all your getting, get understanding. Hold to his hand, God’s unchanging hand. Build your hopes on things eternal. Don’t stop believing!
There are so many competing ideas for how we find our peace and place in this world. But I still believe that Jesus is the truth, the way, and the life. I’m holding on and I will not let go of his hand. I know too much about him to let folks make me doubt him. Help those who’ve gotten weak in their faith or confused in their understanding to come to a saving knowledge of who Jesus is. Don’t let us lose our childlike faith in a world where everybody thinks they know everything. Help all of us “smart fools” to know that the beginning of wisdom is reverence for you. Father, we love you and we still believe.
In Jesus’ Name,