Don’t be lazy
“We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been possessed.” Hebrews 6:12
In chapter 6 of Hebrews, the author reminds us that as Christians, our lives are not static, but are in a process of continual growth in Christ. We must play our part in this, by studying God’s word, the Bible, by prayer and quiet times of meditation and reflection, and by fellowship with other Christians. Small group attendance can be very beneficial to our faith, providing fellowship and developing our knowledge and ability to express it, as well as appreciating the knowledge of our fellow believers. Reading commentaries and books pertinent to our areas of interest build our faith, as does accessing the vast array of resources available online. I’ve recently been watching a number of David Wilkerson’s sermons available on Youtube.
At the end of chapter 5, and elsewhere in the Bible (see 1 Corinthians 3:2), the comparison is made between a newborn baby who needs milk for nourishment, and a mature person who requires solid food. We begin as baby Christians, learning the basics, but we are not to remain there- we are to hunger for greater knowledge and understanding of the things of God, in order that we might know and appreciate Him more fully, be discerning of the times we live in, teach others and fulfil the commissions that God has for us.
Finally, we are not to be lazy in our works for kingdom purposes. We are not saved by works, but our works are an outpouring of our love for God and the love that He gives us to share with others. We cannot say that we love Christ and do nothing to help the poor and needy.As Christians we are called to ministry, every one of us. That doesn't mean that we all become clergy, but we are all to minister to others, both within the body of Christ and to those in the world who do not know Him, using the gifts and talents that He has bestowed upon us.
“God is not unjust: He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.” (Hebrews 6:10).