In verse 36 of the tenth chapter we find a correlation between doing the will of God and perseverance. In fact, this verse is essentially defining perseverance as continuing to do the will of God. Then in verse 38 we see that a righteous person is defined as one who lives by faith and doesn’t shrink back (perseveres). And in verse 39 we see that the destination of those who do shrink back is destruction. In other words, those who do not persevere by doing the will of God and living a righteous life by a sincere faith will be lost and destroyed.
Then comes chapter 11 where the writer of Hebrews gives us a clearer picture of sincere faith by describing the faith demonstrated by our forefathers who put their faith into action and did not shrink back by lacking obedience, but instead took action and did the will of God instead of their own will. Faith involves action. Faith isn’t simply thinking about the will of God, but it is DOING the will of God.
Let’s be men and women of sincere faith who take action and never shrink back. We must remember that faith isn’t a state of mind, but rather obedience to the will of God.
36You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37For in just a very little while, "He who is coming will come and will not delay. 38But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him." 39But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved. – Hebrews 10:36-39