Hebrews – Learning to get out of the way
As teachers, this is the time of year when we preparing for the next group of students who will come through the doors of our classrooms in a few short weeks. We are cleaning, rearranging, redecorating, sprucing up lessons, revamping and getting everything set for the new group. We want to be ready. We have faith that they will come. New challenges await us. So we must be ready. We prefer something better than the last year. We want to be better. And the beat goes on…
By faith, many more heroes are mentioned along with their acts of obeying God and meeting their challenges head on, KNOWING that God had something better for them. This is declared in the final message of Hebrews 11…
“I could go on and on, but I’ve run out of time. There are so many more–Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthat, David, Samuel, the prophets…Through acts of faith, they toppled kingdoms, made justice work, took the promises for themselves. they were protected from lions, fires, and sward thrusts, turned disadvantage to advantage, won battles, routed alien armies. Women received their loved ones back from the dead. There were those who, under torture, refused to give in and go free, PREFERRING SOMETHING BETTER: RESURRECTION. Others braved abuse and whips, and, yes, chains and dungeons. We have stories of those who were stoned, sawed in two, murdered in cold blood; stories of vagrants wandering the earth in animal skins, homeless, friendless, powerless–the world didn’t deserve them!–making their way as best they could on the cruel edges of the world.” Hebrews 11, Msg
(I’m not suggesting that teachers go through all of the above…it just feels like it sometimes. 🙂 And this isn’t just for teachers! Any profession faces doubts and discouragement…BE encouraged with God’s Word!)
“Not one of these people, even though their lives of faith were exemplary, got their hands on what was promised. God had a better plan for us: that their faith and our faith would come together to make one completed whole, their lives of faith not complete apart from ours.” Hebrews 11, Msg
And the beat goes on and on…Be God’s person through it all. Always consider WHY we do what we do. Always, prefer something better…resurrection!
“Do you see what this means–all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running–and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on JESUS, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed–that exhilarating finish in and with God–he could put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s THERE, in the place of honor right alongside God.” Hebrews 12, Msg
Hallelujah and amen!
Now…this is for ALL of us…
“When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. THAT will shoot adrenaline into your souls!” Hebrews 12, Msg
Dear Heavenly Father, Your Word to us today, though we are tired in the race but not tired of the race, shoots Spiritual adrenaline into our hearts, minds and souls! There is nothing, that YOU guide and direct us to do that we cannot accomplish, in Your Name, with Your power working and through us. We are exhilarated just to read these words of encouragement about the acts of faith we will join others in doing. And the beat goes on…until we all are resurrected with you someday in our forever home! Thank you, dear Lord. In Jesus Name, Amen