“We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be realized. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” (Hebrews 6:11-12)
Research has shown prolonged physical inactivity creates a significant danger to our long-term well-being. In fact, over a period of time, simply sitting at a desk can create the same level of risk to your health as smoking cigarettes! The latest studies tell us the average person needs to take around 10,000 steps to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Simply said, if our muscles aren’t used they will atrophy and waste away.
The same can be said for our spiritual life. Faith is a muscle we must work out. If we aren’t consistently exercising our faith then we can be sure it will continue to weaken without use. Complacent, sluggish, and sedentary faith is a massive problem in the Church – and it’s not a new issue. This passage in Hebrews addresses the same struggles and problems 2,000 years ago that we still deal with today. Yet, we are called to “imitate those who through faith and patience” made it to the end. If you want a few good examples check out the “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews Chapter 11 – these people weren’t perfect, but they preserved in faith and received commendation for it.
It’s not easy. It’s a grind. You’ve got your sleeves rolled up and you’re working on the same issue over and over and feels like it’s never going to end and then one day you look up and there’s a massive growth spurt. We grow from faith to faith and glory to glory gradually becoming more and more like who He’s created us to be. In the end when we stand before God and hear “well done good and faithful servant,” we can be sure it’s worth it!
Prayer: Jesus, You are the Author and Perfector of our faith. When my faith waivers help my unbelief and continue to grow me into who You’ve created me to be. Amen.