Hebrews 3:12-13

At 5.30am we stand at the top of the hill in the Mt Cook national park in New Zealand to celebrate that awesome sunrise.
The photo was taken with the self-timer.

Photo by Pablo Heimplatz / Unsplash

Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

Hebrews 3:12–13, ESV

It can be easy to look at daily circumstances and just not feel like living for Christ. I don’t mean denying Him or turning away from Him, but just not speaking to Him or about Him. Not wanting to be engaged in Christian life or society, but just wanting to live. This, I don’t think, is uncommon. I know many people who live this way. I hear it, “I believe, but I am not really religious.” Not a real active rebellion, but a rebellion all the same. The writer of Hebrews warns of this, and that is why we are called to be in community lifting one another up. It doesn’t just say on Sundays or high holy days, but any day that is called “today.” We are not focused on yesterday and the issues that may have occurred. Tomorrow is not yet here and does not need our focus, but today is important. Today is where we live and exist. As brothers and sisters of Christ, we are given the gift of the Gospel promise and can lift one another up from the burdens that can overwhelm us. It is easy to become overwhelmed when you feel alone. Yet, a kind word spoken at the right moment can make all the difference in life, whether it be given or received.  

Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.