Scripture: Hebrews 3: 12 Take care, brothers and sisters, that none of you may have an evil, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” so that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have become partners of Christ, if only we hold our first confidence firm to the end…
Observation: The writer of Hebrews is trying to encourage his fellow Christians during a time of trial, to “hold firm to the end”.
Application: I’ve mentioned before in this space the unflattering portrayals of Christians I’ve seen in various media lately. Christians are too often portrayed as judgmental hypocrites, unthinking idiots, or worse. It’s a subtle form of persecution really. In many places, it is most definitely not cool to identify as Christian. I don’t believe this will get better anytime soon. It’s a sign of the times.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, give us grace to hold fast to our faith in you – despite the growing cost in doing so. Amen.