Having just finished reading Chapter 11, often called the heroes of the faith chapter, in its simplest terms, Hebrews 12 is a strong admonition to be consistent and persistent in our Faith, like one of those heroes.
There are five (5) areas that we can break Chapter 12 into:
v.1-3 – Trust in God and His purpose
v.5-13 – Accept discipline
v.14-17 – Those who reject discipline
v.18-29 – Superiority of the New Covenant
Yes, I said five areas, and I purposely left out v.4, because it is our main text for today: Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
At least monthly we post an article called News from the PERSECUTED CHURCH. This morning it reminded me that any complaints I could possibly have here in the US about “church restrictions” are a far cry less than those whose homes and lives are being actually threatened and destroyed around the world.
That is what the writer of Hebrews point is, YES, Christian you will suffer for your Faith, if you do not you are a “Couch Potato Christian”, but that is another issue; yet have you suffered to the point of being asked to forfeit your life for Christ?
The same applies to our struggles with Sin. Some will try and claim 2 Corinthians 5:17, out of context for sure, and saying that all true born-again believers never sin? Of course, that means that John had no reason to write 1 John 1:9 or that Paul was a liar or worse unconverted by Jesus himself when He says he still struggles with sin.
No the writer of Hebrews is asking a BIGGER question. What have we done to change our habits, what have we forfeited? What are we willing to forfeit?
Father God, I pray You will cleanse me so You can fill me to overflowing with more of Your Holy Spirit. I desire to be living out Your will. I also know that means You disciplining me. I will embrace Your discipline so I can grow from it. Help me to be an overcomer of all the sinfulness left in me. Help me to break the chains that bind me to my old ways.
Lord, may more people embrace Your discipline so they can grow in a relationship with You. Would You keep my focus on You so I can be a beacon of light throughout this day? Father, I pray You will prepare the hearts of whomever I may meet to be open to You. Thank You Jesus Amen.