19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, Hebrews 10:19
As a writer (and I know my fellow writers can attest to this) we are told to show and not tell our message through our words.
So as a follow or Jesus is it better to show our #HolyConfidence through our actions, or tell our of our holy confidence to others?
I believe our key verse (and the ones that come after) help to answer that question.
Let’s start out by looking at Hebrews 10:19-25 for some context.
19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
The heading of this passage is titled, “A call to persevere in faith” and I think that’s the perfect reminder for me in my own journey right now, and maybe in your own journey too.
We are tired and we can’t see the fruit of our labor, or even through the storm that we are going through, but we just keep going.
That’s been my mantra lately, I just keep going, keep showing up and doing what God has asked me to do. Let’s go verse-by-verse and pick out some key points of each.
Verse 19 tells us that we have confidence to enter God’s presence through the blood of Jesus. A few of the guest posts last week even referred to God as our High Priest and as we will see also in verse 21, “we have a great priest over the house of God.
The greek word for priest is, hiereus, which means, “a sacrifice to God.” So Jesus is the ultimate sacrifice for our sins.
Verse 20 refers to this sacrifice as one that opened up a whole new way of living. We no longer are slaves to the law, but instead live by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
Verse 21 it doesn’t just stop with we now have a new way of living, but explicitly tells us the promises and steps to take to activate our faith through Jesus.
Verse 22, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings
Verse 23, Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess
unswervingly comes from the greek word, katechó which means to “hold fast and secure.” We hold fast to the promises of God through our faith in Jesus.
Up until this point, drawing near to God and holding onto hope are things we can do inwardly (without really showing our faith outwardly) But in the next few verses we’ll see how we can show our faith to others through our actions.
Verse 24, And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,
to spur means to, “provoke or stimulate” and if that isn’t an action-packed word I don’t know what it is.
What this means practically is different for everyone. It might mean encouraging a neighbor through a difficult time. It might mean praying with a friend who is grieving. It might also even mean paying for someone’s coffee in the drive-thru and a good deed that hopefully will spark a chain of other good deeds.
The last verse, verse 25 poses a little bit of challenge with the restrictions of COVID-19, but yet it is not impossible. We can still meet in small groups to encourage one another through words and actions
not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
I had a friend recently tell me that I seem so calm, cool and collected about everything. Like I’m at peace within my soul even admist all the chaos and confusion that is our world and the little nuances of everyday life.
I was shocked when we she told me that. That she looked up to me because it seemed that even when things went haywire I kept my cool and remained steadfast in my faith.
I might look like a duck who looks calm on the surface, but I’m reality I’m paddling furiously underneath to stay afloat. The question is, who ultimately is doing the paddling?
With #HolyConfidence, the Holy Spirit does the heavy lifting for us.
He sees what we don’t and gives us the courage to keep going. He gives us the words to encourage others and tells how we can show our love to those around us.
What a relief to know that as ill-equipped, unprepared or as overwhelmed as I sometimes feel, that the Holy Spirit inside of me is working to remind me of my confidence in Him so I can share that confidence with others.
Do you need reminded of your #Holy Confidence given to you by Jesus Christ today? If so I also encourage you to read Romans 8 as it is an encouragement to remind you to embrace the freedom in Christ you have inside of you!