Successful living involves knowing both what to do and what not to do—then acting accordingly. The whole Bible takes this balanced approach of do’s and don’ts.
The book of Hebrews was addressed to Christians who had not matured as they should and were in danger of falling away. To address this peril the writer offers both warnings and promises, rebuke and encouragement.
Do’s and Don’ts
“And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (Hebrews 6:11-12).
“. . . and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24-25).
“‘For yet in a very little while, He who is coming will come, and will not delay. But My righteous one shall live by faith; and if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him.’ But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul” (Hebrews 10:37-39).
Note in each case that what the future holds should spur us to act in the present. Faithful Christians, who will “inherit the promises,” are to live in view of “the day drawing near,” because “He who is coming will come.”
Note these opposites: sluggishness vs. diligence, forsaking the assemblies vs. encouraging one another, and shrinking back to destruction vs. having faith to the preserving of the soul.
Away with half-heartedness! A glorious future demands earnest, faithful service.
Too much is at stake for anything less.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/
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