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What Jesus said to his disciples, he says to believers today. We are called to stay awake, to be ready for his second advent. We pray for perseverance, remain faithful to what God has called us to do, live as children of the light, preach and teach the word, and we "keep our clothes on" - dressed in his righteousness.
We are in a series that we are calling the Hebrews Initiative. It is an important journey. Though not exactly the same, our circumstances are similar to that of the original recipients of Hebrews. As such, it is my prayer that this study will provide significant encouragement for us to persevere in this post-Christian and at times anti-Christian world in which we find ourselves living.
The military is always coming up with a slogan or some jargon to motivate people. It helps keep the mission in mind. When I went into Chaplains school we had to come up with a chant that would remind us of who we were and our mission. Our class came up with the chant, “To God the Glory.” It was a well crafted statement that summed up our mission. How can I bring glory to God? What is our Christian mission and how do we accomplish it? Peter was compelled to encourage this group of believers on the path. He has been forewarning them of the certainty of pain, suffering, trials and tribulations. Despite the trouble in their lives, he challenged them to persevere for the kingdom. He was telling them, “You will have trouble here, your reward is in heaven, and this is just a trial run.” The challenge is to live a life, despite the situation, that brings glory to God. How can I live a life that brings honor to God? If we keep our mission in mind it helps. What are the objectives of the person that brings honor and glory to God? To live a life that brings glory to God, we must practice these three objectives: 1. Live a life of faithful service, 2. Live a life of humble honor. 3. Live a life of watchful holiness. When we bring honor to God, He sustains us. How can I live a life that brings honor to God?
I. Becoming Vigilant II. Becoming Firm in the Faith III. The Common Experience of Suffering
Watch with the eyes of your heart. Jesus explained to the disciples how important it was to be spiritually alert. Often in our western mindset we want to have information such as end times to simply store it on our "hard drive" rather than bring it out to application. Jesus teaches us some very important principles of how to watch as the Holy Spirit guides us.