12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has an evil, unbelieving heart that forsakes the living God. 13 But exhort one another each day, as long as it is called “Today,” that none of you may become hardened by sin’s deception. 14 For we have become partners with Christ, if in fact we hold our initial confidence firm until the end. 15 As it says, “Oh, that today you would listen as he speaks! Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”
Hebrews 3:12-15 NET
Faith is supposed to be active! It is definitely not a spectator sport.
So, where and how are we supposed to be active? We need to be active in guarding our heart and what we put in our mind, so that we live lives that are holy and pleasing to the Lord!
We need to guard against sin coming in and hardening our hearts to Jesus!
The thing is that it is easy to harden your heart if you don’t stay active in living for Him. A little slack…a little “time-off” can wreck you. And you might not even realize it until it’s too late.
Sin is deceitful! Again, sin is deceitful!
Later in Hebrews 3, the author makes mention that those who rebelled even heard God’s voice. These are people that saw God’s miracles and were set free from slavery in Egypt.
But the miracles weren’t enough to keep them from sin’s influence.
These verses say to exhort one another… Staying in the Presence of God, praying, reading His Word, and staying in Christian fellowship are essential!
God has a wonderful plan for you. Stay close to Him. Everything else is meaningless.
There are no shortcuts. There is no little pill. There is not money that will help here.
The only thing that matters is your heart completely debited to God.
It’s easy, but requires your whole life!
Trust Him in everything. He knows you better than you know yourself. He wants a relationship with you that goes deeper than Sunday morning and some casual prayers.
He wants it all. He deserves it all.
Give Him your all!
Lord, when I think of others who once walked in your ways, but now don’t, it saddens me immensley. Help me to guard my heart and to encourage others to do the same.