Read Hebrews 3
In verse 13, we are told to “exhort one another everyday, while it is still today, so that none of you will be deceived by sin.” Most translations use the word encourage, but some use warn. Other synonyms for exhort include urge, spur, pressure, or insist. There is a fine line in the interpretation of this passage that we have dared not cross for fear that we might push away perspective young disciples. So we have become acustomed to compromising truth in order to make coming to faith easier, satisfy personal desires, or help everyone feel comfortable with the Gospel.
We are trying to justify sin for ourselves. That is just not working. That is leaving us and our young friends in sin and furthering that relationship apart from God. All we have done is make a confusing time in life even more confused. But Christ has taken our sin and is able to justify us and sanctify us of it. Young people are searching for that kind of freeing, life giving truth. If the Church does not stand firm on Truth, then we offer nothing better than the public school.
Jesus said, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:24) This age is rich in knowledge, and accepting the Gospel in the midst of that knowledge is not supposed to be easy. As God’s house (Hebrews 3:6), we are entrusted with God’s truth and are to present it without appology or compromise.
This can be done in love, without passing judgment or condemnation, but Satan has conviced many of us otherwise. It’s time to do battle in our own hearts and in our congregations. Next generations need us to do that battle so that they can find some black and white in the midst of a grey world.
Chew on Hebrews 3 this week. How are you/how is your congregation living in to your calling as partners with Christ? Are your hearts hardend or waivering or are you confidently standing firm on God’s truth? What work needs to be done so that you and your congregation can consistently present truth without compromise or appology?