In light of our last post, it seems fitting to make this today’s post for “Single Living”.
The word used for the English word, therefore, means as a result. Of what, exactly? At the end of chapter 11, we find this truth:
“Not one of these people, even though their lives of faith were exemplary, got their hands on what was promised. God had a better plan for us: that their faith and our faith would come together to make one completed whole, their lives of faith not complete apart from ours. (vv. 40; The Message)”
Just as God joined Jew and Gentile together through the blood of Jesus Christ and His Resurrection. The Old Testament believers are also joined together with us, and participating in His good work – though they were not blessed to see what would come from God’s promises to His chosen people. This brings us to the “consequently”. Because our faith and their faith joined together (as we are one in Christ), we should take notice of the great witnesses surrounding us.
There are many watching. Many taking notice of our actions. Those alongside us in the race of faith in Christ and those on the outside looking in. On all sides, we have this great cloud of witnesses.
We need a new found appreciate for God’s Church. We need to join our faith and the faith of others together. There is no profit in being a lone-ranger Christian, but there is much to gain by joining hands with His Church. He knows our need for other believers to spur us on.
This Scripture challenges us to examine the perspective of our brethren alongside us and have walked with God in faith – and have been fruitful in walking by faith and His Spirit – despite the incredible odds they may have faced during their time on Earth.
- Do we notice how others live(d) out their faith?
- Appreciate the union we have in Christ and with His Church?
- Meditate on these special relationships, and join hands with the Church.
Lord, help us to consider the free gifts that You have given us: salvation, a restored relationship with You through Your Son, and Your Church. Help us to connect with Your Church body and not “do life” alone. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.