Reflections For Life
FAITH IN ACTION
RUN THE RACE | The Hebrews Series
Pastor Joe Son
June 21, 2020
We are now in our final chapter of Hebrews. We have studied about what faith is, and whom it is we put our faith in; our Lord Jesus Christ. We have studied what it means to hold on to our faith and run this race before us. Now at the end of Hebrews, the author ends the letter with a list of practical applications about what faith looks like in action. Our passage today talks about love. Faith is acted out as love towards others. In the passage we see three different groups of people whom we need to show our love to; brothers, strangers, and brothers and sisters who are imprisoned and mistreated. But what is interesting is that the emphasis of these verses is not on loving per se, or even to the people we are to love. Rather the imperative emphasis is on the verbs, continuing, not neglecting, and remembering. Don’t stop loving your brothers in Christ. Don’t neglect to show hospitality towards strangers. Don’t forget those who are suffering for the sake of the Gospel, for the sake of Christ.
These instructions are very relevant to our lives as well. Even though we might easily agree that loving others is such an elemental aspect of being a Christ follower, it’s not as easy to live it out in our day to day lives. We all have our own problems, and issues that we need to deal with. We all have our own busy schedules, dreams and plans to strive after. Especially at this point in time, as we are learning to cope with this global pandemic, it can seem even harder to live this out. And yet, even as we adapt to circumstances and situations, we should not give up on what we are called to do as believers and followers of Christ! So, we really need to ask ourselves, how can we continue to love our brothers and sisters in Christ? How can we continue to show hospitality to visitors and foreigners in Busan? How can we continue to show our support for the missionaries who are suffering for the sake of the Gospel? How can we continue to be one with those around the world who are suffering because of their faith in Jesus? How can we obey these commands individually, and collectively as a church?
There is no easy answer. And yet, as verse 8 states, Jesus Christ, whom we believe and follow, is the same yesterday, and today, and forever. And so we continue on after him. Despite circumstances, situations, problems and set backs, we continue to run this race. We continue to be transformed more and more like Jesus, as we obey God’s words, as we follow the life that he modeled for us on this earth. We fix our eyes on him as we continue to put our faith in action.
34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’
Questions for Reflection:
In what ways can we show our love for our fellow brothers and sisters in AIM, while still being sensitive to Covid-19 guidelines?
In what creative ways can we reach out to the foreigners in Busan?
How can we show our continued support for the missionaries and causes that we are supporting as a church?
What are some of the concerns and difficulties that are making it hard for us to live these commands out? How can we identify and overcome these difficulties in a healthy and open way in the church?
We pray that this exercise will strengthen your relationship with the Lord as you draw near with confidence.