I have already heard it. The Seahawks better take advantage of this opportunity to win a second Super Bowl, because they are in for big changes in the off season. Russell Wilson will have to get paid a big time contract, which will impact the roster greatly. Coaches may leave. Chemistry in the locker room will change. Etc. Etc. Etc.
My point is not to opine on what may or may not happen to the Seattle Seahawks after the Super Bowl, but the whole discussion does bring to mind the implications of achievement. This week as I’ve thought through Hebrews 3:1-6, two dangers in particular come to mind. The first is that when we achieve something, we can have a tendency to forget who got us there, and arrogantly think it is all about us. The second danger is that after achieving success, we can live in fear of losing it.
Now I do NOT mean to imply that the Hebrews had achieved success by virtue of their place in Christ, any more than I mean to imply that Christians today have achieved success by virtue of their salvation. In fact, to be a Christian means to be keenly aware of your disqualification more than your qualification. By definition, a Christian is one who has come to see his/her sin and his/her need for a Savior. However, Jesus Christ does grant victory over sin and death. In that gospel victory, though, Christians today can also be susceptible to similar dangers associated with success and achievement.
First of all, we can (practically) forget the One who won the victory. While still claiming Jesus, we can live lives which bear no mark of worship and/or dependance upon him. Some of us, on the other hand, don’t get to enjoy the freedom of the gospel because we are so fearful of losing the victory. In doing so we miss out on the fullness of the Christian life. I believe the answer to both of these dangers is contained in Hebrews 3:1-6 as we are told to fix our attention with a singular focus on Jesus.
Have you noticed (if you have been reading through Hebrews) how much we are told to pay careful attention to Christ, or to consider Jesus? Why do you think that is? I think it is because the writer of Hebrews knew the tendencies of my heart. I think he knew that I am prone to wonder, prone to leave the God I love. He knew that I (we) need the reminder…do not drift from your dependence upon Christ.
Where is your focus? That is the question that Hebrews 3 asks of us. In asking the question, the passage reminds us once again…. consider Jesus.