Hope Is An Anchor (Hebrews 6:9-20; 7:22-23)
[We] have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us... as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast.(Hebrews 6:18-19, KJV)
There are many Bible verses that teach us that if we just "hang in there," everything will work out. Like a rabbit with a carrot dangling before it, we are being teased into thinking that, eventually, justice and righteousness will prevail.
I, however, am skeptical of such Bible verses, believing what is being offered is wishful thinking. Hebrews 6:9-20 particularly is such a passage. Many of us suffer heartaches that have not healed, crosses that have not yet come to pass. If God is the same "yesterday, today and forever" (Hebrews 18:8), what is it that God can do later than he is not able to do now?
Whether or not a reward awaits us, as it states in Hebrews 6:11, our mandate as Christians is to create a more compassionate, more humane world.
Christ came into the world so that we might have life and might have it abundantly (John 10:10). If we are to follow Christ, we are to do the same.
We wouldn't walk away from someone who was drowning or in dire need of medical help. But we do the same when we ignore the cries of the hurting. the lonely, those who cannot fend for themselves.
When we allow even one to fall through the cracks, that is one too many.
Our mandate should include creating a community where all our needs are met - a place to nurture our gifts and talents. A home to find spiritual wisdom in all our confusions. A place, beyond regular church hours, that helps heal our broken hearts and bear our crosses. And more than just offering prayers - a hug, a compassionate ear, an understanding heart. After all, human suffering can hurt beyond those church hours. Comfort should be offered likewise.
If we are not living in the solution, creating a better world - the Kingdom of God - are we not part of the problem? We are the extension of God's unconditional love and if we refuse to do so, our Christian faith is as good as dead (James 2:25). If a reward awaits us for such hard work, that's an extra blessing.
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