S (Scripture): Hebrews 6:1 So let’s press on to maturity, by moving on from the basics about Christ’s word. Let’s not lay a foundation of turning away from dead works, of faith in God, 2 of teaching about ritual ways to wash with water, laying on of hands, the resurrection from the dead, and eternal judgment—all over again. 3 We’re going to press on, if God allows it.
O (Observation): The author is concerned that once the believers learn the basics of their faith in Christ, they will stop pursuing God’s call for them in the world. That if they stop after the basics, they will find further challenges and not meet them. The author is saying that if they turn from their disciplines of learning and living out their faith, they will be challenged to find the time or effort to keep on learning and living out God’s calling for them.
They need to press on.
A (Application): But how much is too much? Is too much Gospel a thing? Are we offended by the Gospel call? Sometimes we are. Sometimes we can only handle so much as individuals…as faith communities. This tiring should not bring shame, but neither should it bring disdain.
Every healthy organism finds a rhythm of rest and work. When God calls God’s people to get to work, they do so, or miss an opportunity. When God calls people to rest, they should, lest they have no energy to do the work they will be called to do down the road.
Every group must discern the right time for work and rest. Whether to be out front, in the middle, or in the rear. There is a time to be in each of those places.
Sitting back…saying nothing…doing work…sharing the story… we have lots of options.
You have lots of options.
What will you do, today?
P (Prayer): Lord, give us wisdom to discern what to do when. Amen.