Monday, March 27

Sluggish

Scripture: Hebrews 6

Hebrews 6:1 Therefore we must progress beyond the elementary instructions about Christ and move on to maturity, not laying this foundation again…

Hebrews 6:11–12 But we passionately want each of you to demonstrate the same eagerness for the fulfillment of your hope until the end, 12 so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and perseverance inherit the promises.

Observation

The author of Hebrews is writing to believers in danger of abandoning their faith. The book is filled with warnings like this one.

We must progress and move on—not leaving behind the foundations of faith, but building on them, moving on to maturity. 

This is the opposite of becoming sluggish, falling away and letting go of your faith and hope. 

Instead, we are to move on, be eager for the fulfillment of our hope, and exercise faith and perseverance to inherit the promises. Keep growing! And be motivated by our hope—the confidence that the best is yet to come in this life and the next. 

Application

Earlier, the author warned about drifting (2:1); here he warns about being sluggish (lazy, indifferent), and calls us to be eager, hopeful, faithful and persevering. And all of this is motivated by hope.

I’m very comfortable in my faith, which makes me take seriously this warning about being sluggish. What can I do to “move on” and make progress? To keep growing, stretching, and not just settling and becoming lazy, sluggish? 

I love that following Jesus is an adventure, that we’re always learning, growing, maturing. What new thing is Jesus calling me to? That’s what I’m thinking about today. I don’t want to be sluggish!

Prayer: Lord, I love You and I want to keep moving forward. I want to grow, not settle. I want to be eager, not sluggish. Show me my next step. 

More: Deuteronomy 17-18, Matthew 27