Daily D – Hebrews 5:11; 6:12
Hebrews 5:11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. (NIV)
Hebrews 6:12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. (NIV)
Hard truth: Many (Most?) Christians are lazy in theology and discipleship.
Harder truth: Pastors who foster dependence on themselves facilitate laziness.
Hardest truth: Churches who attempt to provide for every need except for discipleship hinder disciples’ growth and development.
There is a fitting alternative. Mary, the mother of Jesus, helps us. Begin reading Luke’s Gospel at 1:26. Read all the way through Luke 2:52.
Mary has important things to say in Luke 1.
Listen to them.
Mary has important things to ponder in Luke 2.
Take a look at 2:19:
See also 2:51:
Lazy Christians do not ponder deep truths often enough or deeply enough.
Growing Christians ponder new truths and old day by day.
The best gift of Christmas is a commitment to spend time alone with God day by day. Old truths and new insights lead us into ever-deeper realizations of how good God is and how gracious he wants to be for us in each moment we are alert and awake and in every evening when we recline in restful repose.
Gifts will be exchanged soon. Some of those will come and go with no lasting effect. Others will become treasures to ponder for the rest of our lives.
Jesus is the gift of Christmas.
This is a good time to begin pondering all this means. John 3:16 is a faithful guide and aid for our reflection.
Jesus is the gift who keeps on giving.
I will ponder Jesus.
Our Father, grow us in the grace of time and place, time alone with you, reserved seats where we meet day by day. Blow across the embers of old and dear truths. Light our lives with truths we have not yet fully comprehended. Bless us with unhurried moments of sweet communion and deepening devotion. Amen.
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Romans 2:4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
Acts 18:24-26 Meanwhile, a Jew named Apollos, an eloquent speaker who knew the Scriptures well, had arrived in Ephesus from Alexandria in Egypt. He had been taught the way of the Lord, and he taught others about Jesus with an enthusiastic spirit and with accuracy. However, he knew only about John’s baptism. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately.