“Your maturity level in life depends on your being tender with the young, patient with the old,
sympathetic with the striving, tolerant with the weak and the strong, because someday in life you
will have been all of these.” (Source: George Washington Carver). … More
Acts of kindness and sharing are particularly pleasing to God, even when they go unnoticed by others (vv. 15-16). The task of church leaders is to help people to mature in Christ. Cooperative followers greatly ease the burden of leadership (v. 17). We find the writer emphasizing the importance of prayer (vv. 18-19). Apparently he was a leader in the church, or churches, to whom he was writing, and thus asks for the prayer support of those to whom he had ministered.
God’s leaders often face temptations that most other believers do not face to the same degree. Christian leaders are especially vulnerable to criticism from others (if they succeed) and depression (if they fail). Satan is constantly trying to destroy the work of God. Satan knows that if he can cause the leaders to fall, many others will go down with them.
After a brief benediction (vv. 20-21) and almost in an apologetic manner, the writer encourages his readers to receive with receptive minds and warm hearts what he has said. His words had been pointed and direct. His charge of spiritual impurity, his severe warning against sin, and his solemn exhortation concerning chastening were not pleasant or welcome truths. No doubt some members of the congregation responded negatively to this letter, while others received it and acted on it. It is much like strong preaching today which either makes people mad, sad or glad.
This seems like a long letter to us, but the writer regarded it as brief, inasmuch that he would like to have said more (v.22). He ends by expressing the hope that he and Timothy would soon see them. Hebrews was a call to Christian maturity (v, 23). To grow in maturity, we must center our lives on Him, not depending on religious ritual, and not letting anything come between us and Christ.It was addressed to first century Jewish Christians, but it applies to Christians of any age or background (v. 24). The writer ends by saying he will pray that God will be good to all of them (v. 25).
I have been thinking about some of the most significant things I have learned from studying Hebrews. The most important thing is whether my life is maturing in Him or not.
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Hebrews 10:1-10Animal Sacrifices Are Insufficient
Hebrews 10:11-18Christ’s Death Perfects The Sanctified
Hebrews 10:19-25Hold Fast Your Confession
Hebrews 10:26-31The Just Live By Faith
Hebrews 10:32-39A Call to Persevere
Hebrews 11:1-6The Definition of Faith
Hebrews 11:7-12The Demonstration of Faith
Hebrews 11:13-19The Promises of Faith
Hebrews 11:17-29The Champions of Faith
Hebrews 11:30-35By Faith They Overcame
Hebrews 11:35-40Obtaining a Good Testimony Through Faith
Hebrews 12:1-8The Discipline of God
Hebrews 12:9-15Renewing Your Spiritual Vitality
Hebrews 12:16-24The Glorious Company
Hebrews 12:25-29Hearing The Heavenly Voice
Hebrews 13:1-8Moral Directions
Hebrews 13:9-14Religious Directions
Hebrews 13:15-25Prayer Requested