I think the best bit of pastoral guidance I got when I was in seminary came from Dr. Robert Lightner. He was asked about counseling people and he said that one rule he has is to never rob anyone of hope. We see that great advice worked out here in Hebrews 4. Although the readers are in danger of neglecting whole-hearted pursuit of the things of the faith and as a result drifting away, there is still hope for them. If there was hope for them then there is hope for you and I. In Christ, tomorrow can be different than today.
Let’s learn from the history of Israel, and from the Book of Hebrews. There is a tremendous blessing awaiting us at the bema seat of Jesus. Let’s go after it and not simply drift away through neglect. Let’s struggle against the discouragement, loneliness, besetting sins, and frustrations that plague us all and pursue the rest that is ours through obedience to Christ.
Brothers and sisters, you and I know that there is no rest when we are resisting Christ. No one who knows Christ yet is embracing sin is at rest. May today be the day that we leave that behind. Let us enter into the rest reserved for those who pursue a life dominated by Jesus.
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In His Grace,