Hebrews 4:1 Will You Fall Short In The End?

Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. Hebrews 4:1

When there is difficulties or troubles in the way of a person trying to accomplish something, many people will give up and move on to something else. Most people are unwilling to keep pushing forward to finish the desired task.

As a person quits something, he may never know how close he actually was to finishing correctly. Those who succeed, keep pushing forward, focused on completing the task.

After warning about unbelief, the author now points out that God’s promise for rest is still standing unfulfilled, waiting to be fulfilled. He warns that none be found short of getting into God’s rest—heaven.

The longer a journey is the more challenges or difficulties one will encounter along the way. As the journey continues, the cost of keeping going will continually rise, making it a challenge to stay focused and keep going to finish it.

With today’s GPS systems, people will know exactly how far they still have to go, but with the walk of life, no one knows exactly when one will die and stand before God.

Jesus set the requirement to get into heaven at believing in and following Him. He paid the price for every person to get into heaven, God’s promised rest.

While many people have chosen to believe in Jesus, not as many have chosen to follow Him or chose to stop following Him. Sadly many have chosen to stop following Jesus because of some trouble in their lives. Instead of living for God, they have chosen to live purposefully in sin against God, even while going to church.

Every believer needs to work at continuing to follow and grow in his relationship and walk with God every day and be ready to stand before God.

Jesus has forgiven you of your sins and promised you eternal life in heaven if you believe in and follow Jesus. He has made a way for you, but you must choose to walk in it.

God is not a tyrant, but will allow you to choose whether to follow or not. If you choose to follow, God will provide all you need to complete the journey. Use what God has given you to live for Him and don’t find yourself falling short at the end of the journey.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will choose to obey and follow Jesus in every area of your life; that you will trust Jesus for your salvation; that God will see you as a faithful servant; and that you will not fall short of God’s rest.

1 Corinthians 8:9 Be Careful With Your Rights

Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 1 Corinthians 8:9

Freedom to do what one wants, when he wants and how he wants is something that most people like or desire. Even in the most free nations of the world, there are still some regulations that control how much freedom a person really has.

It is commonly accepted that one is free, unless what he does causes harm to another person. Courts are often used to determine if that ‘harm’ was actually harmful or not.

After talking about eating meat that had been sacrificed to false idols, Paul tells the people to be careful on exercising their rights. He warns them to not allow their rights to become a stumbling block for others.

Although eating of meat sacrificed to idols is not a common problem in most of the world, there are other things that people do that can be of the same category.

One example may be with dancing. Some believers are strong against dancing for various reasons, other believers believe in dancing. Love and care should be taken by those who believe in dancing to not dance around those who are against it. To do so would be to cause the other person to stumble in his belief with God.

It may be better for a person to give up his rights, rather than cause confusion or stumbling. Some have walked away from God, because of all confusion of the different beliefs of what is right or wrong being shown to them.

Each and every believer must be willing to work out what he believes and why he believes it. Every belief must be held up in light of scripture. This will be a growth and learning process for each believer.

In your life there may be things that you believe are acceptable, that others do not agree with. Instead of demanding your way of belief upon others, let go of those things to build others up.

The base core of what one believes must be that one must believe in Jesus, repent of sins and follow God with all of his heart. Everything else may or may not be subjective and debatable.

Allow others to grow and learn, just as you are growing and learning in what it means to follow God with all of your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know how God wants you to live your life; that God will use you to build others up in His ways; that God will guide you in not being a stumbling block for others; and that your life will be an example of Jesus to others.

Luke 21:34 Be Careful About Being Weighed Down

Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. Luke 21:34

For most people life is very busy. The majority are struggling with working to provide what they need, or think they need, day by day. Others are busy ignoring provision of actual needs to be able just party and have fun.

Both groups of people are focused on something in this life, either provision of needs or provision of fun. Often they are not looking to the far future.

Right after telling the people about what will happen in the end times, Jesus gives them a warning. He tells them to be careful to not be caught up in partying or the anxieties of life. Both are a trap.

There is nothing wrong with having some fun. However, some want to have fun all the time. Some believe that getting drunk is the best way to have fun, helping them to forget their problems and needs.

In the process of having fun, it is easy for a person to forget the time and all responsibilities. Instead of moving slow, time slips away very quickly when a person is having fun.

The same goes for those who are anxious about provision, both for now and in their future. Some will focus on work so much that they miss the here and now. Inside the church, this very problem also exists.

Many get caught up in the temporary things of this life and lose focus on God. They begin to forget to keep an eye looking forward towards the return of Jesus.

In doing this, many will be caught unaware of the return of Jesus and miss His return. They are not doing what God has called them to do.

As with most people, you probably have a very busy life. There are lots of things to do, plus you want time to relax and have fun.

In the process of getting all the things done and relaxing, do not allow yourself to forget about serving God. In reality God should be first on your list of to do things, then all the rest. As you put God first, He will take care of the rest. Then when Jesus returns you will be ready and see Him.

Do not allow yourself to be trapped with the temporary things of this world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will focus your life on serving God first; that you will put what God desires first in your life; that you will cast all anxieties upon God; and that God will strengthen you to turn away from worthless things of this life.