Today…Today. Hebrews 3:7-19 seems to repeat this reminder for emphasis, driving home the importance of listening to the voice of God’s Spirit TODAY. This passage points out the implications of unbelief for the Israelites in the wilderness (death), and calls us to instead believe, urging us not to delay in placing our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe the passage also teaches us, though, that in addition placing our faith in Jesus TODAY, we are to live in the daily reality of that faith.
This need was made real to me this week in an interesting way, as I helped my son study for a history test on ancient Greece. As I quizzed him about dates and battles and socioeconomic details, I began to realize something about my own faith in Jesus. You see, we can believe in the details of ancient Greece, or in the history of our own nation, without those beliefs having any impact in our daily lives. My family has visited Washington DC on multiple occasions, but we don’t reflect on George Washington when we go to the grocery store.
As I thought about that, I began to consider how much my belief in Jesus was in the historic Jesus…a Jesus who really did die for my sins some 2000 years ago. But, is that all? Is there a daily-ness to my belief? Is there a daily-ness to your belief? Does your faith have any real impact on the way you live your life day to day? Do you have any real understanding of your utter dependence upon the Holy Spirit each and every day? Or, is reading the Bible the equivalent of studying ancient Greece or US history?
I know, I just asked you a lot of questions. Rest assured, I’ve asked myself the same. As you reflect on them, I will share with you the same encouragement I have found this week. Hebrews 13:8 tells us that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Acts 17:28 tells us that “In him we live and move and have our being.” These are merely two examples of the truth of God’s redemptive story found throughout Scripture…that my relationship with the living and active God is the very essence of my being. In Him, I have life and purpose and meaning. Apart from Him, I am a child of wrath, not because of Him, but because of my sin.
Hebrews 3 calls me/us to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ TODAY. God’s Word, from beginning to end, tells me that Jesus is a present day reality in my life. Today, let us all be reminded of this urgency, and of this comfort.