Your pain right now could be God prying open your life and heart in order to remove a gift of his that you've been holding onto more dearly than him. – Tullian Tchividjian, Jesus + Nothing = Everything
Boxing Day, the day after Christmas, finds people returning and exchanging unwanted gifts. It’s become a hunt for a better gift. But originally, Christmas was for the Nativity, and Boxing Day was for the exchange of gifts – particularly between employers and their workers. These Christmas boxes held gifts that were above and beyond merit.
Many people approach faith with a modern mentality of Boxing Day. They go to church, experience Christianity, but then decide to box up their experiences in exchange for something different – in search of something better.
Perhaps they are waiting for 100 percent confidence in the message; otherwise, faith feels blind. Perhaps they’re afraid to lose control. Perhaps there is a lingering fear of what friends and family will say if they take the plunge into Christ.
The author of Hebrews wants us to know there is nothing better than Jesus: “Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are convinced of better things in your case – the things that have to do with salvation” - (Hebrews 6:9).
Better things that have to do with salvation. What are these better things? When we transition from experiencing Christian lifestyle to believing in Christ, we’ll experience the following through the power of the indwelling Spirit:
- “He will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people…” (Hebrews 6:10). We will genuinely love God and love people.
- “We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized” (Hebrews 6:11). We will be gifted perseverance. By the Spirit, we will meaningfully engage in our faith because it’s a priority that doesn’t lessen until our hope is reality.
- “We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised” (Hebrews 6:12). We will be able to trust God to do what He promised. We can trust the promise and anticipate the gift – the inheritance – for it is the best.
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