February 18, 2016 by Jon Law
23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
Have you ever been tempted to throw in the towel? I remember playing Tennis with my best friend. Who played often with his siblings. Who was a gifted athlete. Who excelled at all sports he attempted. After losing the first set 6-0 things felt a bit wearisome to me. I caved in halfway through the second set: what point was there in continuing just to endure that type of a beating?
Sometimes we can feel like we are two sets down, or losing 3-0 in the final minutes of a football match. What point is there in continuing? ‘I’ve been trying for so long but with nothing to show for it! I’m going to try something that takes less effort and is less tiring.’
It is no wonder that the Bible is filled with exhortations like the one in Hebrews 10:23. Jesus Himself told us to count the cost before following Him. He told a parable about a man building a tower in Luke 14:28-30, saying that a fool starts this type of building project without being sure that he can see it through to completion. He is letting His disciples know that following Him will cost them: are they willing to pay the price and see it through to the end?
Salvation is entirely free, but it costs us everything! We are saved by grace alone through faith alone: we do absolutely nothing to achieve this! But when we’re saved, we hand over all that we are to God! He controls every thought, action, motive and emotion.
And sometimes it feels like it is not worth it! The joys of the world seem far more fulfilling, and the costs of discipleship seem far too high. But ‘he who promised is faithful.’ Every promise God made will come to pass. He will satisfy your soul, He will finish the good work He’s begun in you, He will eradicate sin and suffering, and He will welcome you into His eternal presence forever.
Hold fast the confession of your hope today. Jesus is Lord.
Ask God to remind you of His faithfulness and renew trust in His promises.
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