Sunday, January 14, 2007

Hebrews 6:10-12

10God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. 11We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure. 12We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

We often hear that God is not interested in our work(s) and that it is not about what we do or don’t do. However, these passages are just a sample that God does in fact care about our work. It is because he is a just God. He wants us to be diligent – work hard. He wants the focus of this work to be a love for him that is lived out as a love for others. These passages in Hebrews indicate that it is so important to him that it is tied to our eternal hope. He warns us against becoming lazy in our faith and instructs us to imitate those who persevere in their faith to again gain what has been promised. These passages indicate that faith and belief involve work and effort. Faith is not just a thought, a feeling, or a statement. Our faith is lived out, or worked out, in our acts of love for God. It is an active faith. God cares about what we do.

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