Saturday, March 18, 2023
Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. You must warn each other every day, while it is still "today," so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God. For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ.
The writer of Hebrews has a theme throughout his "brief exhortation."  We must be alert to prevent ourselves or anyone else in our circle of Christian relationships from drifting away from Jesus. We maintain a passionately and actively lived faith in Jesus as Lord because an inactive faith is not genuine. 
What I find most influential in this often-repeated and potent theme in Hebrews is that the message to have a passionate and vibrant faith is two-pronged:
When God confronted Cain with his brother's absence, Cain answered, "Am I my brother's keeper?" God's answer could be summarized: "Yes! Yes, you are your brother's keeper and your own keeper, too!" God warned and encouraged each of us individually to a passionate faith. He also challenged us to encourage each other to a passionate faith. Sin and Satan are deceptive. Vibrant faith can easily be put on autopilot. Then, we easily lose our focus, passion, vigilance, and faithfulness to the lifestyle of Christ. Our goal is to mature in Jesus and to continue trusting "God just as firmly as when we first believed "! We are also looking for the "lost sheep" that have gone astray. . So we guard against drifting away, wandering away, or growing lukewarm in our faith.  We want to remain passionate for Jesus and passionate for each other's faithfulness to Jesus! 
O, Lord God Almighty, you who search hearts and minds, I ask for your help. Open my eyes to see any diminishing passion in my heart for Jesus and the life He calls me to live. Also, dear Father, please help me see any brother or sister struggling with a heart growing cold or hard to the truth and close to walking away from Jesus. May my faith's passion be alive and focused on bringing the lost to Jesus and the straying back home to You. In Jesus' name, I ask for this grace and power. Amen.
Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.
'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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