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We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure… We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. - Hebrews 6:11, 19
I have counseled with people who have said this, “When I wake up in the morning I have no reason to get up. I have nothing left to live for.” There may have been times when you felt that way too. When we get to the point that we have no hope we do not have a reason to go on. Hope is our motivation for continuing in our journey of faith; hope motivates us to faithfulness.
Not too long ago when my heart was really sick and I needed physical healing there were times when I felt my work for God was over. My regular prayer as I went to sleep was, “Lord, it seems my work is done so just take me home.” I felt that my life was over.
Many of us have felt that way. We have lost something that was as important to us as our very life and we just didn’t feel like going any further. It may have been a spouse, a job, a child or a ministry, but we just didn’t see the use of continuing on. Then we are reminded of the purpose of our hope.
Paul is reminding us of the value of being diligent to the very end so that our hope is sure. All that we hope for must be based upon the promise of God and our faith in Christ as Lord. Anything else will leave us alone and hopeless. We are faithful because we are motivated by hope.
If our relationships are based upon faith in the promise of God we can rest assured that he will be faithful; l live not only for this life but for the life to come. If our work, or ministry, is based upon faith in the promises of God we can rest assured that whatever happens is according to his divine purpose.
We have learned that he is faithful and because we know that he is faithful we have placed our hope in his promise. It is this hope which becomes the anchor that holds us steady and gives us the courage to be faithful.
Prayer, Meditation, Reflection:
Prayer: Lord, grant me the grace to stay focused on the promise and the hope that is in Christ my Lord. In Jesus name, amen.
Principle: When we get to the point that we have no hope we do not have a reason to go on. Hope is our motivation for continuing in our journey of faith; hope motivates us to faithfulness.
Affirmation: I am continually motivated by hope in what God has promised and the reality of his presence made manifest in my life by faith in him. Faith produces hope and hope motivates me to faithfulness.
Reflection: In our Scripture passage Paul speaks of having "diligence to the very end in order to make your hope sure." Reflect upon how daily diligence builds faith and inspires us
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