‘But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today”, that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.’ Hebrews 3:13
In today’s passage, the importance of a Christian community is mentioned. ‘Exhort one another every day.’ As Christian brothers and sisters, we need each other to stay on the right path. It is tough to be a Christian all by yourself! Other believers can be an example to you and you can be an example to them.
‘As long as it is called “today”’, the verse continues. What does that mean? Each day you have the opportunity to walk with God. We might have strayed away in the past, we might have fallen on the path of faith, but today we get a new chance. However, we can learn from the past. In verses 8-11, a Psalm from the Old Testament is quoted. ‘Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.’ Which rebellion? The author refers to the rebellion in the desert, when the people of Israel were about to enter the Promised Land. But they refused to go, because they did not believe that God would help them defeat their enemies. Learn from this lesson! Don’t harden your hearts like the Israelites did in the past!
What is the consequence if you harden your heart? You won’t be able to enter the rest that God has prepared for you. You’ll be just like the Israelites who couldn’t enter the promised land because of their unbelief (verse 19). They wandered around in the desert aimlessly for forty years, till all the people who had rebelled, had died…
But if you hear God’s voice and believe that all what He says and promises is true, your today and tomorrow will be light and sunny! Help your brothers and sisters to learn from their past, to say yes to God today and to be eagerly looking forward to the rest awaiting them tomorrow.
What are ways in which you can be of help to your Christian brothers and sisters? Do you attend church regularly? Do you read the Bible with others regularly? It will help you and others to walk with God today!
Read: Hebrews 3:7-19
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